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    "There is no scientific reason to prevent H5N1 from going pandemic"

    That is very true. But it is analogous to requiring proof of a negative. You might as well argue that ebola will mutate to have a longer gestation period or develop a milder "coldlike" intermediary stage. It would pretty much be the black plague part deux.

    If you want to put your energies into a more (imho) worthwhile direction it would be in the reforming the medical system. That would save more lives and end more suffering than stopping the next potential medical threat. Just ending the evil of the corporate drug patent system would save tens of millions of lives a year. A single payer system in america would save possibly tens of thousands of american lives (and maybe a trillion a year). Making education free so that talent decided who got an md rather than family money would radically improve the american system. Making all  discoveries and research funded by the US Government public domain rather than handing them to corporations would save untold lives. Ending the system whereby it is against corporate interests to develop cures for chronic diseases would save lives and money (imagine a researcher working for the purveyors of the Aids drugs discovered a one shot cure for aids......). Making healthcare available to the poor and working classes would make stopping epidemics in their tracks a matter of course. Even simply requiring any company involved in the development and sales of medical chemicals or instruments to devote 10% of its gross profits to pure, open research would save more lives over time than the "scare of the moment".

    "All you have to do to qualify for human rights is to be human" An 11yo Girl. Unbossed.com

    by cdreid on Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 09:15:47 PM PST

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