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Re-creating known pathogenic viruses and making existing bacteria more dangerous are among the top threats.
Some experts say that offering a manual for re-creating an orthopoxvirus is inherently dangerous.
Researchers are relieved to resume experiments, but some public health questions remain.
In a sample from a patient who died, researchers saw signs that the H7N9 virus had started to mutate to a form resistant to Tamiflu.
Though the technology isn't likely within reach of do-it-yourselfers, it could already be in use by rogue governments, experts say.
The group voted unanimously on policy regarding avian flu and other viruses.
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