A Personal Observation: The Science of Illness.

I heard a news report about scientist mutating the bird flu so they can study it better. They made it so humans can get sick, but halted their research and the because they were afraid terrorists would get their hands on it and use it for biological warfare, or it could be accidentally released into the environment.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/25/us-birdflu-research-idUSTRE80O1Z420120125

As someone who spent the better part of a week on her back, sick as a dog (whatever the hell that means), I’m on the fence about this. I had the flu several years back. It’s nasty and it took me almost three weeks to recover. I understand their concern, but I also wonder if it’s necessary. Using the argument ‘If we don’t do it, someone else will’ doesn’t seem like a strong enough reason.

Right now, the only people who can get sick from it are those who work or handle fowl. Shouldn’t they be putting more effort into creating a vaccine for birds, than for humans? If you vaccinate the birds, wouldn’t the risk to humans be less? I don’t know, I’m not a scientist.

This virus has devastated the fowl population in several Asian and Middle East countries. I would think protecting the birds would be more important.

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About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

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