David Sanders wrote it also on 2015/02/24
stop citing Racaniello ?
you'll have to cite it when you discuss it. You yourself are doing it.
I think it's sad that there is no (more) real discussion in internet about such
controversy issues, it's not being encouraged by the "system", authors
probably don't want it. I'd like to see the discussion thread on the
vbulletin/phpbb/... forum on Racaniello or Osterholm or Sanders
webpage or an easy-to-find host for these.
Instead we find these snippets on blogs and articles like this.
Typing some keyphrase into google.
Once upon a time there was USENET...
Some journals and blogs allow comments after registering
and reading pages of terms.
One of the main topics on Racaniello's blog over the years is how
to mutate H5N1 so to make it better transmissable in ferrets
(but "humans are not ferrets") They discuss this in audios
on TWiV (no transcript, no writte/searchable internet discussion,
replies by audio-email-letters)
So I don't really know how he meant that citation and would
like to see his reply.
What mutations and how many might be needed to make ebola
better transmit by airosole in humans ?
How may generations of passaging [plus adding mutations or recombinations
by researchers] in -whatever- might achieve this ?
One day we might be able to add whole genes or segments from
influenza to ebola ....