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Replication Competent Forms of the 1918 Pandemic

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posted on Oct, 24 2005 @ 11:57 PM
Well, As if the avian flu isn't enough. (I survived the Noro virus 2 years ago and that was enough for me.) The CDC has now approved reconstructing all 8 DNA segments of the 1918-1919 Flu strain that was responsible for wiping out at least 50 million people worldwide. It is also known as H1N1.
Why on earth would they want to recreate something like that? Regardless of how carefully it's handled, as in most cases, chances are Pandora's Box will be opening in the very near future.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The complete coding sequence for the 1918
pandemic influenza A H1N1 virus has been recently identified

(Taubenberger et al., 2005, Nature, vol. 437, pp. 889-893). Scientists
from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention together with
collaborators at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY, Armed Forces
Institute of Pathology, MD, and Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Agriculture, GA, reconstructed the 1918 pandemic
influenza virus by using reverse genetics to study the properties
associated with its extraordinary virulence (Tumpey et al.,
Characterization of the Reconstructed 1918 Spanish Influenza Pandemic
Virus, Science 2005 310: 77-80). With the publication of the complete
coding sequence, it will be possible for other scientists with
knowledge of reverse genetics technology to reconstruct the 1918
pandemic influenza virus at other institutions.

Hmm... I wonder why on earth they would want to do that?

The pandemic influenza virus of 1918-19 killed up to 50 million
people worldwide, including an estimated 675,000 deaths in the United
States. The 1918 pandemic influenza virus' (H1N1) most striking feature
was the unusually high death rate among healthy adults aged 15 to 34
years. The question of whether the reconstructed 1918 pandemic
influenza virus should be regulated as a select agent was considered by
the Intragovernmental Select Agents and Toxins Technical Advisory
Committee (ISATTAC).

I don't know about you, but, generally when I hear the word agent, thoughts of RICIN, Anthrax, Mustard Gas, etc.. all come to mind.

The case-by-case review by CDC's Division of Select Agents and
Toxins will continue until further data are available that may result
in changes to biosafety guidelines for work with the reconstructed 1918
pandemic influenza virus. Until such revised guidelines are available,
entities should refer to the ``Interim CDC-NIH Recommendation for
Raising the Biosafety Level for Laboratory Work Involving
Noncontemporary Human Influenza Viruses.'' In accordance with these
interim guidelines, work with such viruses should proceed with extreme
caution and the viruses should be handled, at a minimum, under high-
containment (Biosafety Level 3-enhanced) laboratory conditions.
Enhancements should include the use of powered air purifying
respirators, change-of-clothing and shower-out requirements, use of
HEPA filtration for treatment of exhaust air, and a stringent medical
surveillance and response plan. In addition to these currently
published interim guidelines, annual vaccination with the currently
licensed influenza vaccine is strongly recommended and antiviral
prophylaxis should be available for individuals working with
reconstructed replication competent forms of the 1918 pandemic
influenza virus containing any portion of the coding regions of all
eight gene segments.

Let me see here... Highly deadly flu strain being recreated. No warnings, and only after people start dropping like flies will we then possibly learn about what it is..

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Needless to say, I am deeply disturbed by this. It seems like someone doesn't think that HIV, or the Avian Flu is working fast enough to cut down on population levels.
Just a sidenote, New Orleans happens to have 3 Biotesting facilities...

[edit on 10/24/2005 by denial28]

[edit on 10/25/2005 by denial28]

posted on Oct, 25 2005 @ 12:02 AM
Thats one of the reasons that they have designated it a special agent and reserchers will be required to account for it and meet special quidelines.

I agree though, Its perhaps one of the most deadly biological agents around and what more it Proven to work. So great care Must be exersized. However, it may also help researchers deal with H5N1

posted on Oct, 25 2005 @ 12:04 AM
If this isn't just hilarious!
There is another member who has been argiuing for 4 pages in another thread that America is an evil corporations Hell-bent on making money on a H5N1 vaccine and that is why it won't share the H1N1 virus with others, like it should!

Don't try and sink your claws into me, by the way, I don't share her dangerous opinions.

posted on Oct, 25 2005 @ 12:12 AM
Remember the cute, fuzzy, white mice that made headlines not to long ago? And that was at a Bioterrorism testing facility, where they are purposely creating things to destroy mankind.. If security is lax there imagine what it's like at a place that tries to find cures.

Plague-infected lab mice escape bioterrorism research facility

Hell-bent on making money on a H5N1 vaccine and that is why it won't share the H1N1 virus with others,

If they share it then they can't wipe out the people they want to, thereby making it alot harder to fulfill the NWO prophecy?Or perhaps to rid the world of eyesores such as the poor, and third world countries?

Or big Pharma is comprised of nothing more that greedy fat cats.

Personally, I just think it's human nature to play with dangerous things, and until we blow ourselvs up will we then be satisfied.

[edit on 10/25/2005 by denial28]

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