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So Dutch scientists are doing work with the avian flu to make it more easily transmissible among mammals.  I’m sure that the Law of Unintended Consequences won’t somehow make this regrettable at all.

And virologist Lynn Enquist, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Virology, which published the St. Jude’s study, says that paper didn’t ring the types of alarm bells that would prompt a referral to the advisory board. It involved putting a key gene from the H5N1 virus into the H1N1 virus that caused the 2009 pandemic.

Having knowledge outstrip wisdom isn’t the recipe for the funniest end to civilization that I was looking for.  I would have much preferred to just dwell on the impending worldwide economic collapse.

So far, the response seems pretty milquetoast:

“If the goal of the experiment is to create a virus for which there currently is no vaccine or treatment, that if it escapes from the lab by accident could start a pandemic , if that literally is one of the outcomes of the experiment, I think the benefits of that would have to be extraordinary to justify that.”

Yeah, I’m sure that “extraordinary benefits” would make a lightning fast pandemic all ok.  How about “ARE YOU INSANE???? WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?????”

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