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The history of the synthetic H1N1 flu virus and a not-so-rosy future
By Wayne Madsen
Online Journal Contributing Writer
May 21, 2009, 00:20
The history of the extraction of the genetic material from the corpses of victims of the 1918 Spanish influenza virus who were buried in Arctic permafrost is part “X-Files” and part “Jurassic Park.”
After an unsuccessful 1951 mission, that involved U.S. biological warfare specialists, to extract 1918 Spanish flu genetic material in 1951 from a cemetery in the Inupiat Eskimo village of Brevig Mission, Alaska, scientists made another attempt, a successful one it turns out, in 1997.
Dr. Johan Hultin, from the State University of Iowa, successfully extracted genetic material from the corpse of an obese 30-something female who died from the Spanish flu in 1918, along with 85 percent of Brevig Mission’s (called Teller Mission in 1918) villagers in a single week. The pandemic killed at least 50 million people around the world.
Once the Spanish flu genetic material was obtained from the lungs, spleen, liver, and heart of the Eskimo woman’s corpse, scientists, in a scene reminiscent of the fictional movie “Jurassic Park,” in which genetic material from extinct dinosaurs is used to bring the creatures back to life, recreated the long-since dead 1918 Spanish flu in a U.S. government-funded laboratory.
The woman’s organs were cut into one-inch cubes and shipped to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Rockville, Maryland, where the virus’s genetic RNA material was identified and the 1918 Spanish flu was successfully brought back to life.
Originally posted by shadowmantn
I searched and found that 2 H1N1 victims who died had enlarged hearts.
A 21 year old male from Arkansas (he was visiting Africa) died unexpectedly after falling ill. The only thing noted on the autopsy was an enlarged heart.
Originally posted by Aeons
About known all known mutations with locations of mutations noted.
H1N1 Mutations in the Wild
I'm trying to find a similar list for some common flu strain for comparison. One from a different year would be good.
The swine flu outbreak has infected more than 8,000 people worldwide. In China, only three confirmed cases have been reported so far, but a surprising group of people is feeling the virus' economic impact.
Spice prices in a dusty covered market in Shanghai may seem an unlikely barometer of the level of public panic about new pandemic flus. But many people here believe that a star-shaped spice is a silver bullet against swine flu, and before that, bird flu. It's star anise, an orangey-red, licorice-smelling spice normally used in stews and five-spice powder.
The reason, as a spokesman for the drug-maker Roche explains, is that there are only two ways to produce the active ingredient for the flu-fighting drug Tamiflu — and one of them depends on star anise.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Nearly half of the students at Meyzeek Middle School were not in class Friday. Health and school officials announced a second confirmed case of the H1N1 flu and two probable cases within the last few days. Meyzeek’s principal said 471 of the 1,076 students who attend the school did not attend Friday. Several parents said despite what officials are telling them, they're keeping their kids home because they don't want them getting sick.
May 22, 2009: Eight New Confirmed Cases Reported Confirmed cases that have been added today are in Jefferson (4), Madison (2), Mercer (1), and Scott (1) counties.
Currently, Kentucky has reported 32 confirmed cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC's case count also includes probable cases, so may be different. The number of confirmed cases for each county are included below.
Originally posted by pcgeek
But many people here believe that a star-shaped spice is a silver bullet against swine flu,
Originally posted by Aeons
The coffee has ingredients which intensify the effect of the active ingredient that is prized and is in Tamiflu - shikmic acid.