WHO worries latest bird flu genetic research might one day be weaponized

December 30, 2011GENEVAThe World Health Organization says it is worried about recent studies showing how the H5N1 virus could be adapted, making it more transmissible between animals and potentially, humans. It issued a statement Friday indicating that it is concerned about the potentially negative consequences of this type of research into avian influenza, should it be misused. On Dec. 20, the U.S government asked scientific journals and two research teams not to publish details of controversial studies on the bird flu virus over fears the data could fall into the wrong hand and have dire consequences. Scientists had mutated the H5N1 avian flu virus to the point where it became highly transmissible in ferrets and were set to publish their results. WHO concedes that this type of research, though potentially dangerous, is necessary. “WHO also notes that studies conducted under appropriate conditions must continue to take place so that critical scientific knowledge needed to reduce the risks posed by the H5N1 virus continues to increase,” it said in a release. “Such research should be done only after all important public health risks and benefits have been identified and reviewed, and it is certain that the necessary protections to minimize the potential for negative consequences are in place.” WHO also encourages scientists to abide by the rules of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, which, established in May 2011, aims to encourage virus sharing between countries, collaborative research and best scientific practices in pandemic research. It acknowledged that although the scientists whose research made headlines last week begun their study prior to the establishment of the framework, it hopes they will abide by its new guidelines. Independent labortaries working on the genetic sequencing of deadly viruses pose signicant security risks. In the popular 1995 sci-fi hit 12 Monkeys, a scientist working at just such a lab released a deadly virus at airports to bring about an end of the human race. -CBC    (c) 12 Monkeys is product of Universal Studio
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5 Responses to WHO worries latest bird flu genetic research might one day be weaponized

  1. Richard says:

    Who would have guessed? I guess they figured that the H1N1 virus they manufactured didn’t kill enough people.

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  2. Lisa says:

    I bet their worried…these people have been itching for depopulation for how many years? Now all of a sudden Clinton warns of it and news reports mentions it. We had a faux bird flu pandemic and actively tried to get people to take their “new” vaccine and when people rightly were leary of it they have added it to the regular flu vaccine. I do not trust these people at all, with economic colapse and people getting wise on the perpetrators of it, I would put nothing past the,.

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  3. Rob Evans says:

    I thought this was already weaponized? Wasn’t the swine flu and bird flu mutated and combined? I remember reading something about this some time ago.

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  4. Tom says:

    I see WHO as part of a world wide problem, not part of a world wide solution. They are after all a part of the UN, the forerunner to a non-democratic non-elected dictatorial one-world-government and the WHO is also knee deep in a lot of corruption cases involving a lot of issues. For all anyone knows, WHO could be warning in public on one side of an issue, to distract all attention from them ever possibly being a bad-guy, while behind the scenes aiding and abetting the bad-guys to have happen the very same things WHO warns about. I just don’t trust WHO. I don’t disbelieve the article. I just read between the lines if it orginates from WHO or any other non-elected agency from the UN.

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