Skip to comments.Work resumes on lethal flu strains - Study of lab-made viruses a ‘public-health responsibility’.
Posted on 01/23/2013 12:18:59 PM PST by neverdem
An international group of scientists this week ended a year-long moratorium on controversial work to engineer potentially deadly strains of the H5N1 avian flu virus in the lab.
Researchers agreed to temporarily halt the work in January 2012, after a fierce row erupted over whether it was safe to publish two papers reporting that the introduction of a handful of mutations enabled the H5N1 virus to spread efficiently between ferrets, a model of flu in mammals (see Nature http://doi.org/fxv55r; 2012). Both papers were eventually published, one in Nature1 and one in Science2.
Now, in a letter simultaneously published on 23 January by Nature3 and Science, the 40 scientists involved say that the moratorium has served its purpose: allowing time for authorities to review the conditions under which the research could be safely conducted and for scientists to explain the public-health benefits of the work. Scientists who now have official approval in their countries to conduct such research have a public-health responsibility to resume this important work, the letter states, because the risk exists in nature that an H5N1 virus capable of transmission in mammals may emerge.
The move follows a large international workshop convened on 1718 December by the US National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, to discuss gain-of-function research that intended to increase the transmissibility, host range or virulence in H5N1 viruses, and the development of US rules for stricter oversight of research in this area. The proposed rules require an assessment of, for example, whether the scientific aims of such studies could be addressed using alternative, less-risky approaches, and whether biosafety and biosecurity risks can be adequately mitigated. They are expected to enter into force soon, allowing scientists working in the United States or on US-funded grants to restart such research...
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Great! Make sure the Islamic gf’ers get ahold of this stuff.
I wonder if the walking dude is warming up for an appearance.
The Revelation of John comes to mind.
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The Walkin’ Dude was just stuffed down our throats for another 4, and Project Blue is running as planned.