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Scientists in Wisconsin and the Netherlands each created a strain of the influenza virus that is both highly lethal and easily transmitted between ferrets. Ferrets are the animals that most closely mimic the human response to the flu.

"We did not think that these papers should be published in the form that we saw them and that the methods and results should be removed to prevent someone else from directly replicating their experiments," Dr. Paul Keim, a microbiologist and chair of NSABB said. "The avian flu is one of the scariest pathogens that is on the horizon and its transmissibility in mammals is a step toward transmissibility in human populations. The flu could be transmissible from human to human and that could happen in nature or perhaps it could happen in a laboratory. Whether from a natural source or a nefarious source this would not be a good thing for the world."

Keim says while there is no legal consequence to publishing the papers, the fact that the virus has a documented 60% mortality rate cannot be understated. "The worse case scenarios with this particular pathogen are devastating. It's a high mortality virus and it's a virus that could go global. It's something that we, the scientific community, have been worried for almost a decade."


http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/21/details-of-new-lab-created-bird-flu-strain-may-be-too-dangerous-to-publish/?hpt=he_c2

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Because they can. What's the point of serialism?
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I swear this is like the 5th thread on this.
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They were determining whether or not the flu strain could be mutated in nature, and possibly start developing a vaccine before it ever strikes.
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This. It's going viral!!!!!!
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This. It's going viral!!!!!!


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Old. Valid nonetheless though.

Oh, not trying to freak anyone out, but the Iranians have intercepted packets of digital intel from the CIA, and apparently, the US has a contingency plan incase shit goes tits-up in the Middle East.

Yep, they're going to release this virus and kill millions using tactical biological warfare.

So I've read anyway...
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Old. Valid nonetheless though.

Oh, not trying to freak anyone out, but the Iranians have intercepted packets of digital intel from the CIA, and apparently, the US has a contingency plan incase shit goes tits-up in the Middle East.

Yep, they're going to release this virus and kill millions using tactical biological warfare.

So I've read anyway...


To be fair, nowadays "shit going tits-up" with war basically means full-scale global thermonuclear war. If the world's being bombarded by the Cold War reserves, I'm pretty sure a little flu is going to be a nice break from the radiation.
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Because they can. What's the point of serialism?

Woah man, don't compare a highly lethal and highly contagious virus to serialism.

The virus has done nothing to deserve that.