The next pandemic: Nature under threat, rogue scientist risk make more outbreaks near-certain

A NZ Herald article.

More human incursions on wild places and the chances of a rogue scientist exploiting gene editing could trigger the next major pandemic.

Covid-19 keeps mutating, with the Delta and Omicron variants disrupting society this year.

The pandemic has been frequently called a once-in-a-century event, but some experts say we need to prepare now for pandemics of a similar magnitude.

“We don’t just have to deal with spillover events from animal reservoirs, but human-engineered threats,” Professor Michael Baker said.

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