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Scientist’s Open “Pandora’s Box” By Creating Deadly Flu

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Scientists at the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, Netherlands claim they have developed a highly contagious deadly strain of bird flu, which potentially could lead to a global pandemic.

Be aware that H5N1 so dangerous, it has killed about 60 per cent of those it has infected, making it one of the most lethal known forms of influenza in modern history.  Until now it was thought the virus could be transmitted between humans only through close physical contact, but the Netherlands team, led by virologist Ron Fouchier were been able to mutate a deadly strain of bird flu in a laboratory, so that it can be transmitted through the air with the potential to infect and kill millions of people

The researchers now want to publish full details of how they did it. As a result bio-security experts are now debating whether to allow the researchers to publish the details of their research. Critics think the information is too dangerous to be published, warning of the potentially perilous consequences if the full genetic sequence of the mutated H5N1 virus were to be published in open scientific literature. They fear that terrorists could use the research as a blueprint to replicate it and create a bio-weapon of mass destruction. In response Mr. Fouchier argues that any knowledge gained could be vital in the development of new vaccines, saying: “This process could also happen naturally."

Be aware that biological warfare, also known as germ warfare, is the use of any organism (bacteria, virus or other disease-causing organism) or toxin found in nature, as a weapon of war. It is meant to incapacitate or kill an adversary. The level of damage depends primarily on the biological agent’s transmissibility, lethality and susceptibility to countermeasures.

Consider that al-Qaeda's arm in Yemen was said to be actively recruiting specialists in many forms of terror and had even openly discussed deploying deadly poisons in an article titled "Tips for Our Brothers in the United States of America,” in its online English-language journal, “Inspire." Additionally remember earlier this year according to reports, al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen had made efforts to acquire large quantities of castor beans, which could be used to produce “Ricin.” Officials feared the deadly biological agent could then be packaged in improvised explosive devices (IED), and detonated in congested and enclosed spaces, like shopping malls, airports or subway stations, thus making the white, powdery deadly toxin airborne.



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