What happens if an engineered virus escapes a lab? [Science Video]

Researchers have been creating superbugs since the 1970s. Although such research may assist in preparing us for future outbreaks, the potential consequences of these terrifying experiments are not to be trifled with. If a dangerous virus were to escape from a lab, it could trigger a worldwide pandemic. So what can we do to minimize the risk, and would that risk be worth the potential gained knowledge? Learn more about the ongoing debate over virology research in this video from TED-Ed.

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