High Containment Dangers

Research into dangerous pathogens poses dangers of its own.

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is it already 2027? "A new

is it already 2027? "A new H1N1 flu strain popped up unexpectedly in 1997 and spread globally for three decades"

I don't think I understand

I don't think I understand the critique this person is putting forward? Because the work is dangerous we shouldn't do it? Or because my work is better, I should get more funding? Something is missing here. Terrible fear mongering type of reporting. You can do better Genome Web!!

Nothing can be made entirely

Nothing can be made entirely risk free. However, available technology should be used to minimize risk. Anyone choosing to work with a pathogen should be aware of the risk.

It is not acceptable to spread pathogens to people who are not working with them. Researchers should study containment used for animal pathogens, and at minimum, take similar precautions for potential new human pathogens.

This also totally ignores a

This also totally ignores a small fact that anyone who works with viruses knows (this probably goes for bacteria too) - quite often when you alter one gene or sequence that has a consequence for the rest of the organism that offsets it. This was recently demonstrated with 'flu - when you try to change the receptor specificity and make it 'more infectious' or more able to enter human type cells, there is a consequence that makes the virus less virulent.

Terrible scaremongering - unfair to pathogen researchers and the public alike.

If the CDC can have this kind

If the CDC can have this kind of problem, how can people not be scared? Especially since we have no comprehensive regulations covering and no proper federal/state oversight of biolabs.

If the CDC can have this kind

If the CDC can have this kind of problem, how can people not be scared? Especially since we have no comprehensive regulations covering and no proper federal/state oversight of biolabs.