Saturday, December 03, 2011

H5N1 - Five Easy Mutations by Louis Evan Palmer

There's something rotten in the Netherlands and something seriously wrong with a system that funds and encourages scientists to develop MORE contagious versions of viruses. Other labs have tried to make the H5N1 virus more contagious - it already is virulent, killing up to 60% on those infected. They failed but Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam and his team in the Netherlands succeeded.

Normally, this would be hailed as a tremendous thing but this is not a cure for anything or something that will advance the human condition. In fact, now we have the most powerful weapon in the world in some lab in western Europe. Even worse, these scientists are so selfish and inward-thinking that they want to publish their research which will allow other countries and groups including corporations to more easily develop their own world-killing viruses.

Dr. Thomas Inglesby, the director and CEO of the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh was quoted as saying: "It's just a bad idea for scientists to turn a lethal virus into a lethal and highly contagious virus. And it's a second bad idea for them to publish how they did it so others can copy it."

It's much more than a bad idea. It's criminal. These people should be locked up and their labs and organizations should be fined and closed.

H5N1 - Five Easy Mutations, Louis Evan Palmer, The Way It Can Be,

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