Researchers plan to tinker with the A(H7N9) influenza virus genome to assess its pandemic threat, as Ron Fouchier from Erasmus Medical Center in The Netherlands, Yoshihiro Kawaoka at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and some 20 colleagues write in a letter to both Nature and Science.

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