US Army scientists create "Spanish Flu" virus in laboratory - medical benefit questionable
(Austin and Hamburg, 9 October 2003) – The 'Spanish Flu' influenza virus that killed 20-40 million people in 1918 is currently under reconstruction.
Several genes of the extraordinarily lethal 1918 flu virus have been isolated and introduced into contemporary flu strains. These proved to be lethal
for mice, while virus constructs with genes from a current flu virus types had hardly any effect. These experiments may easily be abused for military
purposes, but provide little benefit from a medical or public health point of view.
The 1918 Spanish Flu was highly infectious and – in comparison to contemporary flu viruses – killed a very high percentage of those infected,
including many younger people. The Spanish Flu alone caused the medium life expectancy in the US in 1918 to drop by 10 years. Hence, flu viruses are
perceived today as a serious biological warfare threat. Just two weeks ago, a 15 million dollar research grant was awarded in the US to develop
protective measures especially against a bioterrorist attack with flu viruses.
Thanks for posting that article.
Last I heard virologists had no idea about the protein makeup of the virus. The article itself, though, it very vague on what the makeup is, for
instance what strain of influenza it may be, whether it's composed of pure avian genes, or what part is avian, and which part human, etc.
problem is, they don't have any idea where the virus came from, and what made It so devestating.
It was a freak occurance.
and i'm sure they do not want it breaking out.
this is just the tip of the iceberg folks,
virili science is not a pleasent thing for most of us to think about, but it is necessary.
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