Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Not to sound like a broken record.

U.S. researchers have managed to recreate the virus that was responsible for the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic. You may recall from your history classes (and earlier articles here) that the 1918 flu killed over 25 million people worldwide.

You can read more about the feat here (BBC) or here (AP, via Yahoo! News). Or you could do what I'm doing and try not to think about the end of the civilized world as we know it if this thing gets loose. The researchers say that the virus (ten vials' worth) will be kept well contained but that they may make more if they need it for research purposes.



At 5:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eh. We need to know more...way more...about this virus. Don't let the 1918 virus spook you out. It's H5N1 you should worry about. The interesting thing is that 1918 confirmed that it jumped to humans, it did NOT combine with a human virus to become human to human transmissible. So maybe, *maybe* H5N1 will be taken more seriously by government wonks.


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