Scientists working in high security labs in the US and the Netherlands managed to create a deadly strain of flu virus. The artificial bug has traits that would make it a real weapon of mass destruction if it were released:
(FoxNews) — On Tuesday, federal officials took the unprecedented step of asking those scientists not to publicize all the details of how they did it.The worry: That this research with lots of potential to help the public might also be hijacked by would-be bioterrorists. The labs found that it appears easier than scientists had thought for the so-called H5N1 bird flu to evolve in a way that lets it spread easily between at least some mammals.
The problem is, it’s probably not that hard to figure out how they did it. A little knowledge of basic genetic engineering and equipment any half-ass nation could acquire — if they don’t have it already — combined with samples of two or more strains of flu to work with, would be a great start. Throw in people who don’t care if they live or die anyway and viola, next thing you know its 28 days later …
Maybe we should just treat this like right-wing nutjobs treat climate change. Look, we might say, nature creates deadly strains of disease all the time. It’s been happening for since the earth was, created 6000 years ago, and it will happen in the future through a process called microevolution, and we can’t stop it. It’ll happen no matter what. So let’s just mass produce this little critter and put it in school lunches! Think of the jobs!