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New bird flu strains created in lab


Posted on Tuesday, 7 May, 2013 | Comment icon 60 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 China’s 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. It’s 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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Recent comments on this story
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]
Comment icon #54 Posted by Ryn on 8 May, 2013, 13:38
Oh god..it's contagion all over again, I thought "SOMEONE" learned their lesson the first time with the pork incident.. I'm not pointing any fingers...CHINA!! LOL
Comment icon #55 Posted by paperdyer on 8 May, 2013, 14:55
And they would be glad to kill us.
Comment icon #56 Posted by Mikko-kun on 12 May, 2013, 10:05
I dont see why you should get worked-up over this. If it's controlled by authorities, it's nothing worse than what's already happening all around the world. It's a fact that there's biological and chemical weapons being developed, especially by the bigger countries. My country has a percentage of our military trained to fight against those weapons, to prevent and protect others from the effects of ABC-weapons. Most countries should have their own anti-ABC military branches. I'd be far more concerned about the researches they aren't telling us about, you keep your re... [More]
Comment icon #57 Posted by Hilander on 16 May, 2013, 20:32
I think what works me up the most about it is what if a terrorist organization get a hold of it.
Comment icon #58 Posted by sepulchrave on 16 May, 2013, 21:15
I'm personally not worried about that. You'd have to be a real doomsday enthusiast to release a virus like that. I think most terrorist groups are driven by a belief that their particular ethno-cultural group is being unjustly persecuted by some other group (i.e. ``those big bad Western countries are waging a religious war against traditional Islam'' or ``those big bad government types are trying to convert the good old US of A into a United Nations-controlled police state''). I think terrorist groups would avoid using viral weaponry because: [list=1] [*] Releasing... [More]
Comment icon #59 Posted by sean6 on 29 May, 2013, 1:57
http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/28/health/france-coronavirus-death/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
Comment icon #60 Posted by sean6 on 29 May, 2013, 2:06
New SARS-like virus is a 'threat to the entire world' http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/28/health/france-coronavirus-death/index.html?hpt=hp_t1


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