Anger Over Work to Make Genetically Engineered H5N1 Bird-Flu Virus MORE Dangerous to Humans

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Destroy a Third of the Human Race New Genetically Engineered Virus

It is okay. The NRC is so sure that radiation is not a problem that they do not measure it in fish or air off the West Coast of the U.S. And scientists are so sure that their carefully engineered "destroy a third of the human race new genetically engineered virus" won't escape their laboratory that they have beefed up the minimum wage security detail from one to two guards during the night. It is all okay. Sleep well and good night.

"We are in a situation where the probabilities of a laboratory accident that leads to global spread of an escaped mutated virus are small but finite, while the impact of global spread could be catastrophic," they add.

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  • 1. THE INDEPENDENT MONDAY 23 DECEMBER 2013 NEWS IMAGES VOICES SPORT TECH UK World OFFERS Bus ines s People Science Elephant Appeal LIFE Environment PROPERTY Media ARTS + ENTS TRAVEL MONEY Technology Education Images i Jobs Dating Shop INDYBEST BLOGS STUDENT Obituaries New s > Science ebooks Diary Corrections News letter Appeals E LE PH A N T A PPE A L D ON A T E N OW > 'Untrue statements' anger over work to make H5N1 bird-flu virus MORE dangerous to humans Go Advanc ed Searc h Most View ed Artic le arc hive Topic s Most Com m ented Most Shared INDEPENDENT IMAGES IN PICTURES: CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY SPONSORED FEATURES Coalition of leading scientists claim ferret experiments could lead to a pandemic INDEPENDENT PARTNERS STEVE CONNOR Beautiful gloves. Made in England. SCIENCE EDITOR Friday 20 December 2013 P RINT Some of the world's most eminent scientists have severely criticised the A A A PEOPLE arguments used by some influenza researchers who are trying to make the H5N1 bird-flu virus more dangerous to humans by repeatedly infecting laboratory ferrets. More than 50 senior scientists from 14 countries, including three Nobel laureates and several fellows of the Royal Society, have written to the European Commission denouncing claims that the ferret experiments are necessary for the development of new flu vaccines and anti-viral drugs. T hey also said it is "untrue" to state that the new mutations in the laboratory strain of H5N1, which have enabled the bird-flu virus to be airborne transmissible between ferrets and, potentially, people, have Winslet reveals weirdest baby name of the year The Titanic star and her husband Ned Rocknroll are currently nursing baby Bear (we know…) at their home in West FINANCIAL GUIDES & REPORTS 25 Proven Strategies for T rading Options Get Your Free Guide Award winning trading platform from CitiFX Pro – Free T rial Find Out More
  • 2. already been seen in nature. T he letter signed by 56 eminent scientists, many of whom are national science academicians, was designed to correct "misstatements" made by their home in West Sussex ELEPHANT APPEAL the president of the European Society of Virology, Professor Giorgio 25 Proven Strategies for T rading Options Get Your Free Guide Award winning trading platform from CitiFX Pro – Free T rial Find Out More Palu, who they claim made "incorrect" assertions about the need to carry out the research in an earlier letter he had sent to the Commission. T he ferret research is being carried out by Ron Fouchier and colleagues at the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam. He has been involved in a legal dispute with the Dutch government which has insisted that he needs an export licence before his H5N1 work is published in a scientific journal. T he Dutch government claimed that the work to study the mutations needed to make H5N1 airborne transmissible between ferrets or people has a possible dual civil-military function and could be misused by Get your hands on an original Chapman Brothers artwork Bidding ends at 11am TODAY, with 22 great lots up for grabs VIDEO bioterrorists. Meanwhile, Dr Fouchier has argued that an export licence hampers his academic freedom to publish the results of his experiments in the open scientific literature. Professor Palu wrote to the president of the European Commission in October to lobby for a change to the EU regulations covering export licences on behalf of Dr Fouchier, arguing that the Dutch scientist has already suffered from bureaucratic delays that have enabled other researchers in the US to publish before him and so claim priority. Professor Palu said that Dr Fouchier's "gain of function" experiments are designed to see what kind of mutations are necessary to enable the birdflu virus to be transmissible between mammals in order to make better vaccines and drugs, and that these mutations have already been seen in nature. Video: Dog meets Pluto on board Disney cruise ship There was some festive cheer on board a Disney cruise liner when man's best friend made friends with a man dressed as a dog PEOPLE Finance Business Analyst with Oracle Financials required! £50000 - £55000 per annum + excellent company benefits: Pro-Recruitment Group:... Assistant Corporate Accountant "It has to be mentioned that, in this specific case, the 'gain of function' was £28000 - £32000 per annum: Pro-Recruitment Group: This leading research charit... used to reproduce what nature already selected (as demonstrated by sequencing of field mutants) with the variation that the aim of the study was to predict/anticipate biological evolution and to provide us with critical information to specify preventive and therapeutic measures," Professor Palu wrote. However, the letter from the 56 scientists, including Lord May of Oxford, a former government chief scientist, states that this assertion is wrong and gives a false impression about the medical need to undertake such dangerous research. Dennis Rodman attempts to explain his friendship with Kim Jong Un... IP Litigation Solicitor ...and what the hell he’s doing playing B ball in North Korea... CHANGE, REGULATORY CHANGE, VIDEO "T he sole purpose of the experiments in question was to generate H5N1 BUSINESS ANALY ST- OPERATIONAL WEALTH MANAGEMENT £450 - £550 per day: Cornwallis Elt : BUSINESS ANALYST- OPERATIONAL CHANGE, R... View the latest from iJobs viruses that could be transmitted between mammals as readily as seasonable flu via respiratory droplets ie coughing and sneezing," the £68000 - £83000 per annum: Pro-Recruitment Group: IP Litigation Solicitor 2+ y... TECH letter says. DAY IN A PAGE Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat "Despite intensive field surveillance conducted by national health 23 authorities, government agencies, local and regional disease surveillance networks in Southeast Asia and elsewhere over a period of 16 years, there is no evidence that efficiently mammalian transmissible H5N1 viruses have ever emerged naturally in the wild," it says. "In summary, the statement that 'gain of function' was used to reproduce 'what nature already selected (as demonstrated by sequencing of field mutants)' is simply untrue," it adds. T he signatories of the letter, who include eminent virologists, microbiologists and vaccine experts, as well as Nobel laureates Sir Richard Roberts, Harald zur Hausen and Richard Ernst, warned that there Digging up the story of the 'worst game ever' A documentary on Atari's E.T. video game flop is to debut on XBox Live TELEVISION December 201 3 Go
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