One Flu Over: Contagion (NOT) Coming to Town?

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I feel sure no one who stumbles onto this web site has been following the recent building of tension related to the impending publication of a research project whose public disclosure could be the equivalent of “how to make a suitcase nuke.” In this case, it’s a bioterrorists dream come true: a highly lethal, highly contagious human-engineered flu virus.

If you want to come up to speed on the topic (it is likely to become front page news soon if not already) this piece at Atlantic Wire offers reasons to NOT be afraid of New Flu even though a recent Daily Mail article on the topic contains the quote from an expert: ‘Anthrax isn’t scary at all compared to this’: Man-made flu virus with potential to wipe out many millions should never have been created, warns frightened scientist | Mail Online

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. I have been following that story with a growing sense of unease. But then I half-believe that Aids was created in a test-tube and that there may be some people who think that a cull of our species is the answer to the woes of the planet.