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  •  Just another example that (1+ / 0-)
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    just because we CAN do something does not mean we SHOULD....

    This is just STUPID...WHY oh WHY do we need to "create", revive or enhance diseases?  There is ONLY ONE reason...warfare. IMO there is NO research value for these dangerous activities...NONE...

    •  No, that's not true (3+ / 0-)
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      kfunk937, Catte Nappe, dewtx

      Viruses and other pathogens mutate, and new ones emerge, and old ones return, all the time. We are at very early stages of understanding so e of the dynamics of viral epidemics, and it is important to be able to do research on known examples of epidemic-causing pathogens.

      You are not at all safer if the CDC has no samples of H5N1, quite the contrary.

      •  Until the recently exposed biosecurity concerns... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...are examined, and rectified, and until legitimate safety concerns--from determining the current actual functional level of bio-safety and whether there are adequate measures in place to prevent Bioterrorism (as much as humanly possible)--IMHO, it might be the better part of wisdom to proceed only with extreme caution, and with increased oversight, in any "gain of function" research.  

        Many scientists fear that the scientific details on creating a potentially dangerous virus could be used for bioterrorism.

        Many scientists fear that the scientific details on creating a potentially dangerous virus could be used for bioterrorism. Researchers claim that the experiments have the potential to lead to public health benefits but have also exposed regulation gaps on dual-use research.
        Unfortunately, at this point in time, even the labs that have been touted to safe and secure are finding that they have multiple "opportunities for improvement": Anthrax investigation turns up 'distressing' issues at CDC
        ...the CDC says it has found another more "distressing" problem due to lab workers not following protocol...Bottom line, "the scientists failed to follow a scientifically derived and reviewed protocol that would have assured the anthrax was deactivated..."

        During the investigation "multiple other problems were found,"

        Following anthrax, bird flu incidents, CDC reviews lab safety protocol
        ...multiple incidents regarding the mishandling of dangerous biological materials.

        “These events should have never have happened,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC. “I’m disappointed by what happened and, frankly, I’m angry about it.”

        and:  CDC: Smallpox found in NIH storage room is alive

        Frieden says that the NIH is currently scouring their buildings to make sure there are no other surprises left in unused storerooms.
        When the CDC has multiple safety lapses involving such organisms as anthrax, modified bird-flu virus, and smallpox, I'm not reassured.

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