Skip to comments.Experts Unlock Clues to Spread of 1918 Flu Virus
Posted on 10/05/2005 8:08:58 PM PDT by Perdogg
The 1918 influenza virus, the cause of one of history's most deadly epidemics, has been reconstructed and found to be a bird flu that jumped directly to humans, two teams of federal and university scientists announced yesterday. It was the culmination of work that began a decade ago and involved fishing tiny fragments of the 1918 virus from snippets of lung tissue from two soldiers and an Alaskan woman who died in the 1918 pandemic.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
I read about that earlier in the day. I'm not so sure it was a good idea to reproduce that flu strain. It killed millions in 1918-1919.
They say that many people would have some type of immunity but who really knows?
I heard this on NPR today on the way home...exciting findings. Interesting how the virus mutates and changes fairly rapidly and how we are able to compare the current Avian virus with the 1918 virus genome...
They found a good sample of the 1918 influenza virus from a woman who had died in Alaska and was frozen...got samples from her lungs...
This is a new story. The byline was date October 6th.
This was the article my boss was talking about today. And then hubby was asking, what was he talking about. I said, I don't know, it hasn't been posted to FR yet, but if it's important, it will be!
you win a gold star Perdogg!
How about some significant tort reform and FDA reform so the lawyers and bureaucrats won't up the price and delay the release of the solution! I'd love to watch Bush propose that and then watch those same Democrats choke on it.
"...the cause of one of history's most deadly epidemics, has been reconstructed and found to be a bird flu..."
Now they have put the genetic info on the web. From this article: (emphasis added)
"Publication of the work and the filing of the virus's genetic make-up to an online database followed an emergency meeting last week by the US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, which concluded that the benefits of publishing the work outweighed the risks. Many scientists remained sceptical. "Once the genetic sequence is publicly available, there's a theoretical risk that any molecular biologist with sufficient knowledge could recreate this virus," said Dr John Wood, a virologist at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control in Potters Bar."
Don't worry, all the bad guys are too stupid to figure out how to recreate this virus. History has proven that all scientists are good guys that would never create a bio weapon or nuke, right? </sarcasm>
"I'm not so sure it was a good idea to reproduce that flu strain... "
HEY - it was reproduced in government labs... we should be OK
According to the article, Richard H. Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers, said H5N1 "is perhaps the most effective bioweapons agent ever known."
And then they publish the genome which is the blueprint for making the virus.
Considering it was "the guardian", they probably had sent the info to their terrorist pals long before they published the article.
So solly, Mr. Cawtright. Hop Sing run to kitchen now, make eggs for Hoss.
Your grandfather was indeed a typical victim. People over 40, many of them had been exposed to a similar enough virus to have antibodies. Children seemed to have good resistance. But young adults had not. The epidemic went through the Army camps like wildfire.
The Army lost far more men to the influenza epidemic than it had in the Great War.
There are two good books on this epidemic -- one is by the author of this story, Gina Kolata (it's the more dumbed-down of the two -- she was a TV reporter at the time).
Criminal Number 18F
This was done by government researchers. You can trust them. Now, about that swamp land in Florida...
Scientists: 1918 Killer Spanish Flu Was a Bird Flu
Fox News | October 05, 2005 | Daniel J. DeNoon
Posted on 10/05/2005 11:20:11 AM PDT by stm
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