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Trust me, I’m a Scientist

Am I right in thinking Scientists have some kind of authorititatve air about them? what kind of ‘air’ I’ll let you figure.

“It’s emerged that virulent H5N1 bird flu was sent out by accident from an Austrian lab last year and given to ferrets in the Czech Republic before anyone realised. As well as the risk of it escaping into the wild, the H5N1 got mixed with a human strain, which might have spawned a hybrid that could unleash a pandemic.” – source: 

I think we need a desparate reassessment of science and scientists and STOP them playing around with these things.

Parabellum (on Famous for 15 megapixels) said…
Army: Missing virus samples likely destroyed (my emphasis)
Originally published April 23, 2009
By Justin M. Palk
News-Post Staff

Missing virus samples the Army has been investigating were likely destroyed years ago when a freezer broke, according to the Army.

The samples were part of a collection of materials that had been handed down from researcher to researcher as scientists retired, said Caree Vander Linden, spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.

The second researcher to receive the collection performed a full inventory and couldn’t account for three vials of Venezuelan equine encephalitis, she said. The discrepancy was reported to the institute’s safety officer, and eventually to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which triggered the investigation by the Army Criminal Investigation Command.

During the investigation, one of the researchers who’d worked with the collection recalled a freezer failure at one point that destroyed a number of samples, Vander Linden said.

“Everything in it was basically lost,” she said.

This occurred before USAMRIID began using a computerized database to track its samples, and investigators could not find a paper record of the event, she said.

Chris Grey, spokesman for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, said its investigation into the potentially missing samples is still open.

The investigation found no evidence of criminal activity in regard to the missing samples, he said.

The command is performing a mandatory final review of the case before closing it, Grey said. He would not speculate on when the case would be closed.

Venezuelan equine encephalitis is a virus carried by mosquitoes that can cause encephalitis in humans and horses, according to the CDC.

Death from the disease is rare in humans. Adults usually develop only flulike symptoms before recovering.

The CDC recommends Venezuelan equine encephalitis be handled in biosecurity level-3 facilities, as opposed to BSL-4 facilities where more dangerous pathogens such as Ebola are handled.

I feel safer already…

27 April 2009 21:18


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