No. of Recommendations: 10
I actually worry about this.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/appalling-irrespon...

“They claim they are doing this to help develop vaccines and such like. In fact the real reason is that they are driven by blind ambition with no common sense whatsoever,” Lord May told The Independent.

“The record of containment in labs like this is not reassuring. They are taking it upon themselves to create human-to-human transmission of very dangerous viruses. It’s appallingly irresponsible,” he said.

The controversial study into viral mixing was carried out by a team led by Professor Hualan Chen, director of China’s National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory at Harbin Veterinary Research Institute.

Professor Chen and her colleagues deliberately mixed the H5N1 bird-flu virus, which is highly lethal but not easily transmitted between people, with a 2009 strain of H1N1 flu virus, which is very infectious to humans.


It's a good thing we have Obamacare.

“We don’t know the pathogenicity [lethality] in man and hopefully we will never know. But if the case fatality rate was between 0.1 and 20 per cent, and a pandemic affected 500 million people, you could estimate anything between 500,000 and 100 million deaths,” he said.

With the affordable health care we should be peachy.


mcb

Footnotes: Black Death 1348 200M dead, Spanish Influenza 1918 100M dead
Print the post Back To Top
No. of Recommendations: 0
The Chinese again give us all the more reason to be concerned about buying anything from them.
Print the post Back To Top
No. of Recommendations: 0
The Chinese again give us all the more reason to be concerned about buying anything from them.

I don't buy anything consumable that comes from China. Coat hangers and footies are fine.
Print the post Back To Top
No. of Recommendations: 3
In fact the real reason is that they are driven by blind ambition with no common sense whatsoever,” Lord May told The Independent.

Some may look at this as poor judgement/loose lab containment. How do we know that this isn't really for military purposes? Biological warfare? The USA and USSR kept deadly viruses around with the reasoning that they didn't trust each other. China is doing plenty of political sabre rattling and muscle flexing. IMHO, their military probably have their fingerprints on it.

JLC
Print the post Back To Top
No. of Recommendations: 0
The Chinese again give us all the more reason to be concerned about buying anything from them.

I don't buy anything consumable that comes from China. Coat hangers and footies are fine.
cc

.........

consumable meaning food? Try buying anything for home, yard, clothes, stuff without a made in China or somewhere other than the USA, it's pretty difficult.

LD
Print the post Back To Top