Science journal could give recipe for deadly avian flu virus
A science journal is poised to publish a study that some experts believe could give a recipe to bioterrorists.
The study is from an experiment by a Dutch scientist who engineered the avian flu virus to make it more deadly to mammals by making it spread through the air.
That experiment was funded by the U.S. government, and it has sparked a passionate debate among scientists. Part of that debate is over where this research could lead, and whether it is worth it.
The National Institutes of Health and some scientists say it is worth it. They say it could ultimately protect mankind by trying to anticipate how the virus could mutate to one that causes a pandemic -- like the one in the film "Contagion."
2. Yep, a cute lil scientific FACT about avian flu is this one:
First they try to tell you that it is so awful because it is so contagious. And in a rather muted voice you end up hearing that if it has occurred in your region of the country for over two years, you probably already have had the virus - it is that contagious.
Then they try to keep the heat on. Avian flu equals death. !!!!! Avian flu equals death?
Well, which is it - is it highly contagious, so much so that most people in the exposed area have already had it without even knowing it? Or what?
You cannot have it both ways, oh LameStream Media. It is one or the other. So quit going on like avian flu is the end of civilization as we know it.