Scientists Plan Controversial Lab-Made Bird Flu

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posted on Aug, 8 2013 @ 05:07 AM
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Scientists Plan Controversial Lab-Made Bird Flu



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WASHINGTON (AP) —
Scientists who sparked an outcry by creating easier-to-spread versions of the bird flu for research purposes want to try such experiments again using a worrisome new strain.

This time around, the U.S. government is promising extra scrutiny of such high-stakes research up front. Since it broke out in China in March, the H7N9 bird flu has infected more than 130 people and killed 43.

Some of the world's leading flu researchers argue that genetically altering that virus in high-security labs is key to studying how it might mutate in the wild to become a bigger threat to people, maybe even the next pandemic.
"We cannot prevent epidemics or pandemics, but we can accumulate critical knowledge ahead of time" to help countries better prepare and respond, Ron Fouchier of Erasmus University in the Netherlands told The Associated Press.


There was an international controversy that erupted in 2011 when Fouchier and Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, created another bird flu that was easier to spread, H5N1. You all remember that one, don't you?
There are concerns of how to guard against laboratory accidents with the man-made strains, and whether publishing findings from the research could end up in the wrong hands.


The extra oversight is for federally funded researchers; there is no way to know what privately funded research may be in the works.


Well, duh! That's a "no brainer"!




edit on 8/8/2013 by sled735 because: correction on thread title




posted on Aug, 8 2013 @ 05:36 AM
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So basically they want to play with something that so far is showing around a 15-25 percent case fatality rate. Would be able to better calculate but over 130 could be 131-999999999 people so did the percent from 131 and got 33.??? and rounded down from there. Sounds pretty deadly new toy for the U.S. Gov. dont you think.



posted on Aug, 8 2013 @ 07:47 AM
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Sounds like someone has developed a new vaccine they want to pump into us.





 
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