Saturday, February 18, 2012

World Health Organization: Okay to Publish Super-lethal Bird Flu Recipe

From U.S. News & World Report:
Bird Flu Studies Can Be Published After All: WHO
Research on a mutated, more contagious form of the bird flu virus can be published in full, the World Health Organization announced Friday, despite concerns that bioterrorists could use the information to start a pandemic.

The decision came during a special meeting of 22 bird flu experts in Geneva that was convened by the WHO to discuss the "urgent issues" that have swirled around possible publication of the two bird flu studies since last November, The New York Times reported Saturday.

Most of those at the meeting felt that any theoretical terrorist risk was outweighed by the "real and present danger" of similar flu virus mutations occurring naturally in the wild, and by the need for the scientific community to share information that could help identify exactly when the virus might be developing the ability to spread more easily, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the Times. Fauci represented the United States at the meeting....MORE
Here's Tickerspy's Swine Flu/Bird Flu Index (RXFLU).
The index creators will not be getting inducted into the Indexing Hall of Fame (more properly the William F. Sharpe Indexing Lifetime Achievement Award), quite frankly the index construction sucks, but it is a handy list of stocks.

Psychotic Dutch Scientists: "Killer flu doctors: US censorship is a danger to science"
See also:
UPDATE: Dutch Scientists Agree to Redact Details of Super-lethal (50% Kill Rate) Genetically Modified Bird Flu

More Wacky Dutch Scientists: "Dutch to send mobile clinics to euthanise people in their own homes"
Let's hope they get the right address.

Earlier we posted on the Dutch scientists who
a) Weaponized bird flu to the point that it could kill half the people in the world.
b) Planned to publish the recipe.
c) Got crabby when told that might not be a good idea.

Here's another group....