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New bird flu strains created in lab


Posted on Tuesday, 7 May, 2013 | Comment icon 53 comments | News tip by: sean6


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Scientists in China have come under fire for producing more than 100 new mutations of the deadly virus.

Researchers at Chinaís National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory have combined avian and human forms of the flu virus to create a host of new and potentially deadly strains. The rationale behind the work is that the new strains will help them develop treatments and to better understand how the virus is passed between humans and animals. The potential for disaster however has sparked outrage among the international science community.

"They claim they are doing this to help develop vaccines and such like. In fact the real reason is that they are driven by blind ambition with no common sense whatsoever," said zoologist Lord Robert May. "The record of containment in labs like this is not reassuring. They are taking it upon themselves to create human-to-human transmission of very dangerous viruses. Itís appallingly irresponsible."

"China is on alert after a new strain of bird flu, H7N9, was passed from birds to humans, infecting 127 people so far."

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Comment icon #44 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 on 7 May, 2013, 21:31
yep this has trouble all written over it.they claim its for good and benevolent purposes but that;s not true they have hidden intention and bad malevolent reasons for doing this as well.the human immune system has all it needs to protect us we just gotta give the right and healthy food to keep it healthy naturally without adding poisons which are the vaccines.they actually harm the immune system and us than helps us!!!!!!!!
Comment icon #45 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 on 7 May, 2013, 21:39
another reason why people get a bad feeling and they should because they could use this as a means of spreading it through the people so they have to be forced to buy their medications and make money of their sickness too.
Comment icon #46 Posted by dharma warrior on 7 May, 2013, 22:02
@FlyingAngel... I doubt if China could afford to attack the US or any other powerful country. Who would buy all of the cheap crap they manufacture. It's in Chana's best interest to keep the US healthy and happy, we owe them way too much money.
Comment icon #47 Posted by bigjonalien on 7 May, 2013, 23:07
Just takes one to sell it to north Korea
Comment icon #48 Posted by Lesionia on 8 May, 2013, 3:19
Uhm really did you notice that cheap crap is what kills us? Lead poisioning, catch things on fire, choke kids or babies, ect. My work is constantly handing out papers on recalls and guess what? Most of them come from china. So Im not surprised to find out they made thier own flu strains to go with the hacking of our computers, and stuff.
Comment icon #49 Posted by sepulchrave on 8 May, 2013, 3:41
I really feel sympathy for medical researchers. How are they supposed to do their jobs? Should they just wait around until a virus randomly mutates into something that causes a global pandemic, and then desperately attempt to find a cure while thousands die all around them, or should they try to deliberately mutate a virus in a controlled environment so they can study it, and run the risk that it will escape?
Comment icon #50 Posted by pallidin on 8 May, 2013, 4:24
This is most disturbing. Not saying anything against China, though I do feel this is dangerously irresponsible. EDIT: Unless in cooperation/guidance by the World Health Organization(WHO) and other pertinent scientific parties. Just my opinion...
Comment icon #51 Posted by HuntrSThompsun on 8 May, 2013, 6:59
Well, this gives you another reason never to buy products from China, buying from them on eBay has always put a sick lump in my throat when I open my packages already.
Comment icon #52 Posted by jesspy on 8 May, 2013, 11:50
Maybe its to make us buy more cold and flu tablets. Or maybe the governments of the world know we are over populated and have figured a pandemic is the best way to kill millions in a short space of time. If you are worried move to Madagascar. I am guessing the president of Madagascar has read the article and shut down the sea port already lol.
Comment icon #53 Posted by Sundew on 8 May, 2013, 13:02
If I remember correctly the Spanish Flu of 1812 killed (only, !) 1 in 20, while the two recent stains of Bird Flu are much more deadly. The one that appeared over a year ago kills about 1 in 5, and the most recent I believe is also quite lethal. What they lack is the ability to be easily transmissible between humans. The Chinese (and likely other) scientists have tried to "fix" this little problem of easy transmission. Life (if one considers viruses living) has a nasty way of not staying where you put it. Perhaps what they have done is little different then what naturally occurs ... [More]


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