The CDC has warned that a New Swine Flu Strain Has ‘Pandemic Potential’ while BBC Radio 4 is discussing labratories producing mutant strains of deadly viruses.
The climate with these experiements is trending publicly and privately towards something very bad happening soon. Hollywood has certainly warmed us up to the idea and people seem drawn to the idea like a child and a hot stove.
Here is a snippet form the BBC Radio 4 podcast:
Internationally, scientists are raising urgent questions over experiments producing mutant strains of deadly viruses. But it’s not only formal laboratories that carry out biological experiments. We report on the growing number of amateur enthusiasts who see microbiology as an innocent hobby, like hi-tech home-brewing. How far can you go in replicating what people do in sophisticated laboratories?
A Chicago Tribune article gets into what the Center for Disease Control has to say:
The A(H3N2)v swine flu strain that has infected at least 18 Americans since Sept. 2010 has shown the potential for human-to-human transmission. According to the paper, which was published in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the H3N2 strains “resemble viruses with pandemic potential.” Terrence Tumpey, one of the authors of the study, says the current seasonal flu vaccine won’t protect against this swine flu strain, although he says the CDC is working on creating a vaccine for swine flu variants such as the one he studied.
If you read the reports they basically say bad things could happen and we are lucky to have been safe for now.