DIY mutH5N1?

The New York Times says amateur biologists having access to the mutated H5N1 bird flu virus studies concerns some.

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As an amateur virologist, I

As an amateur virologist, I believe that a key single amino acid mutation that likely alters host specificity is already predicted and documented in the literature. Simple alignment of human trophic viral genomes with those of H5N1 has been done and so this residue has been known for quite a while.