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Scientists Recreate Extinct Spanish Flu Virus That Killed Over 50 Million


Science & Tech  (tags: Animals, Health, Medicine, Science )

Ray
- 186 days ago - rt.com
The extinct influenza virus that caused over 50 million deaths a century ago has been replicated from avian flu present in wild ducks. Scientists are seeking to study how such a virus could lead to a new pandemic.



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David F. (14)
Friday June 13, 2014, 3:51 am
Great! -- Lets recreate ALL extinct pathogens, so that ''scientists'' can study them and maybe developvaccines against them.
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 1:07 pm
Incredible that they would resurrect should an deadly flu.Should have let it remained extinct.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (113)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 2:05 pm
noted, thanks
 

Birgit W. (152)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 3:32 pm
.. and what is the point of it? Getting rid of all of us?
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 4:38 pm
Why?
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 4:38 pm
I believe it is a bad decision.
 

Lone F. (43)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 4:58 pm
Scary, there must be a hidden agenda!
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 5:57 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting, Ray. Well, I'm with the critics who are worried about "potentially awful risks." When you consider that they've been looking for a cure for cancer (and the common cold) for decades now, without much success, this seems utterly ridiculous. I remember those anthrax attacks shortly after 9/11....from anthrax that was said to be stolen from government labs.....
 

Jav R. (0)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 8:43 pm
Gracias.
 

june t. (66)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 9:37 pm
it just doesn't seem like a good idea...
 

Debra G. (0)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 11:10 pm
"The research was conducted in a secure laboratory reinforced with the second-highest biosafety level." Um, why not the highest level?
 

Thomas M. (7)
Sunday June 15, 2014, 8:27 am
I think it is important for scientists to study the viruses. Sorry I can't quote the source, but a recent article I read mentioned viruses, etc. being released from the ice melting at the polar regions of our abused planet. If this is true we should prepare for some major changes soon.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Sunday June 15, 2014, 5:58 pm
I would imagine human species has built some ris
 

Gloria H. (88)
Sunday June 15, 2014, 6:07 pm
oops, sorry, finger hit the send before I was ready on the above post............
I would imagine human species has built some resistance to viruses from the ice age, otherwise we wouldn't be here. Maybe viruses travel through space (then we are doomed)?
Maybe a warped Science Fiction way to genetically eradicate say.. troublesome brown eyed people a certain DNA with this virus, red heads with certain DNA with another virus, during civil unrest and leave a master race. Moo-ha ha.
you never know what's going on in the lab, who is financially backing it and motives not quite nice.
 

DaleLovesOttawa O. (192)
Monday June 16, 2014, 11:07 pm
The labs may be secure, but there are ways to steal things, there are people who can be bought for a price, there is the potential of accidents. Somethings should be left alone, certainly creating a virus close to a very deadly virus is often asking for trouble in the future.

..."created a life-threatening virus that is only three percent different from the 1918 Spanish flu that devastated the globe in possibly the worst pandemic in history."

I suppose if someone were able to get a hold of it, there could be the ability to create a virus by somehow replicating it so that it was exactly the same as the original killing virus, given the right amount of funding by whoever might come into possession by devious means.
 
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