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Posted on 05/13/2009 8:47:29 PM PDT by null and void
A Canadian scientist has been arrested for smuggling 22 vials stolen from Canada's National Microbiology Lab, used in Ebola and HIV research, into the United States, Canadian and US officials said Wednesday.
Konan Michel Yao, 42, "was taken into custody" while crossing from Manitoba into North Dakota
A Public Health Agency of Canada spokeswoman [said] Yao "was working on vaccines for the Ebola virus and HIV, among other things."
The Ivory Coast-born scientist is said to have studied at Laval University in Quebec and briefly worked at the University of Manitoba's plant sciences department.
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BBC list religions as islam, Christianity, and Indigenous Beliefs.
In that order...
Bug List ping
Why do we or Canadians let Muslims work in fields like this. It’s suicide!
Of course, It all makes sense! Got his own white lab coat, got his own microscope, brings his own Ebola samples, he's ready to go work!
Same reason we do.
Ten years ago I would have would have thought this statement was over sensitive - today, spot on!
Islam = death. The sooner everyone realizes that the better chance this country has for survival. (If it turns out this guy wasn’t a muzzie, it still stands)
The article did not say if this is true.
You are 100% correct. Islam = Death.
Nobody carries pathogens like this without some serious bad intent involved. Normal SOP would be to have the shipment carried in secure packages by a carrier that could contain the pathogen if the unexpected should happen. Ebola? Carrying Ebola in vials without Level V protection would be like carrying white phosphorous barehanded. This smacks...and to think this is probably the only one that was caught. Bets are there is going to be an outbreak somewhere.
Muslim 38.6%, Christian 32.8%, indigenous 11.9%, none 16.7% (2008 est)
note: the majority of foreigners (migratory workers) are Muslim (70%) and Christian (20%)
Thwarted terror bio-attack...thank god...
Damn! Another radical Quaker caught in the act.
Ping ... (Thanks, nully!)
Officials have stated this was not hazardous, but are holding the man on a smuggling charge.
Please. I know you’re a bright enough person that expressing your feeling without the vulgarities would be no great problem.
I wonder what this fellow’s job at the NIH would be? Lab security?
“Ebola vials found in car trunk”
“Ex-Winnipeg scientist arrested at U.S. border”
May 14, 2009 04:30 AM
SNIPPET: “The vials, according to court documents, were in a glove, wrapped in aluminum foil and placed in a plastic bag. They were found in the trunk of the scientist’s car.
Konan Michel Yao, 42, is in U.S. custody charged with smuggling.
Dr. Frank Plummer, head of the Winnipeg lab, said Yao did not have security clearance to work with high-level pathogens such as the Ebola virus. But he was allowed to work on an Ebola vaccine project in the facility’s special pathogens unit.”
“Winnipeg researcher charged with smuggling Ebola material into U.S.”
Last Updated: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 | 6:35 PM ET Comments119Recommend106
SNIPPET: “A former researcher at the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg is facing charges in the United States after allegedly trying to smuggle genetic material from the Ebola virus across the Manitoba-North Dakota border.
U.S. authorities allege Konan Michel Yao had 22 vials of the substance in the trunk of his car when he tried to cross the border on May 5. He is charged with smuggling merchandise, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 US.
U.S. customs officers allegedly found the vials wrapped in aluminum foil inside a glove and packaged in a plastic bag, along with electrical wires.
In his affidavit, the 42-year-old researcher said he was hired by the Public Health Agency of Canada to work as a PhD fellow at the Winnipeg facility. Yao told officers he was working on a vaccine for the Ebola virus and HIV.
On Jan. 21, his last day at the lab, he said he stole 22 vials, which he described as research vectors, according to the affidavit.”
“Ebola gene theft a shocker
Sparks serious questions about security at city’s microbiology lab”
By: Jen Skerritt
14/05/2009 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
SNIPPET: “WINNIPEG For nearly four months, scientists at Winnipeg’s National Microbiology Lab had no idea that a former researcher walked out of the strictly controlled federal facility with 22 vials of stolen biological material — including vials that contained genes of the lethal Ebola virus.
The theft has sparked controversy and serious questions about security protocols at a lab that contains some of the world’s deadliest pathogens.
Dr. Frank Plummer, the lab’s scientific director, said no one knew the vials were missing until May 5 when the RCMP alerted them there had been a theft — the same day FBI special agents arrested the former Winnipeg researcher as he tried to cross the Manitoba-North Dakota border en route to his new job at a U.S. bio-defence facility in Maryland.”
He could just be REALLY stupid...
In which, why the heck was he hired?
ROP tries again, and thank God fails.
“Man Caught At Canadian Border Carrying Ebola Virus”
(Added May 14, 2009)
Thank you fanfan for pinging your list.