Canadian scientists have created a synthetic smallpox virus
Despite the fact that many existing viruses has not yet been definitively defeated, there are all the same and those that humanity has managed to cope. One of these is the smallpox virus, but a group of researchers from the University of Alberta recently recreated a dangerous virus. According to the publication Sciencealert, it will help in further research and to combat other serious pathogens. However, not all scientific community shares this view, and some see this as a huge threat to the biological.
It is worth recalling that the WHO (World Health Organization) announced the victory over smallpox in 1979 by a global vaccination. In those same years, it was decided to destroy all the available laboratory samples of the virus. However, according to the publication, two Canadian biologists Ryan and David Evans Neuss in vitro created pox virus samples by manipulation of the viral RNA and using chemically synthesized DNA. Scientists immediately warned that it is a horse pox, but further studies have shown that under certain conditions, the virus can be dangerous for humans. Many scientists believe that the reconstruction of the dangerous virus can lead to new biological weapons and even the emergence of a pandemic. But, as the authors of claim their investigations show that the editing techniques and the use of synthetic DNA can be used in the pharmaceutical industry in order to create a new type of drugs, in particular in so-called virus-killers who will be able to destroy the pathogenic cells and bacteria without affecting while healthy tissue.