Pandemic Risks : Federal Ban On Lethal Germ Creation Lifted
Research companies are now able to create super germs which could potentially put Americans at risk for a pandemic. This due to Federal officials lifting a 3-year ban on the funding of research that aims to transform germs into more deadly versions of themselves; and it is all in the name of vaccine research.
The head of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis S. Collins, says that a panel of scientists will have to approve the act of altering germs before any company can proceed. However, officially, the ban is now lifted giving way to pharmaceutical companies to riskily create deadly germs, which if mishandled, could most certainly create a pandemic survival situation.
Scientists claim the benefit to such looser restrictions will help them better understand germ mutation which often results in “superbugs.” Of course, there has been a great deal of blowback regarding the safety of such endeavors. For example, one mistake that allows a super germ to escape a laboratory could result in a modern-day pandemic of epic proportions. Proponents claim that the panel of scientists that must approve the studies are in place to protect against any such risks.
Any manipulated germ will, no doubt, be a risky venture for anyone involved (and not involved, for that matter). Much of the emphasis seems to be placed on vaccine research which would likely pursue creating monster bird flu germs, Zika, as well as a variety of other ailments which may enhance a vaccine manufacturer’s ability to create more potent versions of their products. In other words, vaccine makers may now be creating super viruses as a way to create super cures.
“We see this as a rigorous policy,” Dr. Collins said in an article in the New York Times. “We want to be sure we’re doing this right.”
Back in October of 2014, federal funding for super germ research was axed. The research halted was for the creation of super germs involving Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and the flu. But in the case of current legislation, scientists will be able to dabble in Ebola super viruses.
Back in 2014, the CDC erroneously allowed their own lab workers to be exposed to Anthrax. Now, these same people will be creating Ebola strains which are likely to be stronger than any version of Ebola that currently exist.
The scientific panels will be composed of government-employed scientists, as opposed to independently selected ones.
“If someone finds a way to make the Ebola virus more dangerous, I don’t believe that should be available to anybody off the street who could use it for nefarious purposes,” the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, Michael T. Osterholm, said in regards to the moratorium’s lift.
“Physicists long ago learned to distinguish between what can be publicly available and what’s classified,” he added, referring to nuclear weapons research. “We want to keep some of this stuff on a need-to-know basis.”
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Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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