Scientists About to “Teach” Terrorists How to Make Deadly Flu?
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Wesley J. Smith
Are they out of their minds? What was the NIH thinking? The USA funded research into a successful genetic engineering of a deadly strain of bird flu, and now the scientists want to publicly publish key details. From the Independent story:
A deadly strain of bird flu with the potential to infect and kill millions of people has been created in a laboratory by European scientists – who now want to publish full details of how they did it. The discovery has prompted fears within the US Government that the knowledge will fall into the hands of terrorists wanting to use it as a bio-weapon of mass destruction. Some scientists are questioning whether the research should ever have been undertaken in a university laboratory, instead of at a military facility. The US Government is now taking advice on whether the information is too dangerous to be published.
Sorry, advancing scientific information is important, but so is protecting public safety. Just because something can be done scientifically, doesn’t mean it should be. And if it should have been done, that doesn’t mean it the details should be broadcast to the world!
Hopefully it isn’t too late.... the rest