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A Canadian scientist has been arrested for smuggling 22 vials used in Ebola and HIV research into the US.
Konan Michel Yao was arrested while crossing the border from Manitoba into North Dakota.
He was carrying biological materials in vials wrapped in foil inside a glove, packaged in a plastic bag, along with electrical wires, in the trunk of his car. Yao said he stole the vials on his last day of work. He said he was taking them to a new job at the NIH Biodefense Research Laboratory.
Originally posted by jdub297
How easy can it be to move around Eboal and other viruses in Canada, and why would Yao want to take them to the BRL?
Health officials are reviewing security at Winnipeg's National Microbiology Lab after a former researcher was caught allegedly trying to smuggle biological material into the United States.
Originally posted by secretstash
How in the world can Ebola and HIV not be considered dangerous?!?
If you have the power to render it benign, shouldn't that be shared?
Originally posted by ELECTRICkoolaidZOMBIEtest
... what he was doing with them is another question.
... maybe he was selling the samples. The only problem i see with that is, if you were going to steal potentially deadly viruses, why take the ones that are weak and not full strength ones? surely that would bring a lot more cash.