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(Minneapolis Star Tribune)   Feb. 14, 1902: A festive night in the smallpox ward   (startribune.com ) divider line
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2012-10-26 10:34:51 AM  
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BronyMedic: trickymoo: The WHO has repeatedly suggested that we eradicate the final two lab samples, but researchers have protested as there MIGHT be something of value that could be gained from studying it. Why? It isn't as if they can walk in, check it out like a library book, and then check it back in on a day -to-day basis. I mean, I gotta make the reference...

WHO: Cast it into the fire! Destroy it!
CDC:......no....

/ I'll go out on this flimsy branch: Weaponized Smallpox?

Research is the big reason why. In addition, these are only the samples we know of. Someone twenty years from now could be digging in some field, and crack open some weaponized shells somewhere and start an outbreak again.

The big issue with smallpox as a biological weapon is that no one has immunity to it anymore unless they work directly with it in a biosafety lab. Those who were immunized have lost their immunity to it.

The issue isn't so much they're worried about the sample at the CDC - it's pretty unlikely that the United States is going to use it for anything but working on an effective anti-viral treatment for it, and if you WERE to try to steal it, you'd have every law enforcement agency and military ops group gunning for your ass - they're worried about the samples stored in Russia. Russia is not known for it's security of very nasty things (This is a country that can't account for a large portion of it's tactical nuclear stockpile, and has had a history of very lax security when it comes to biological weapons and hazards.), and it's quite well known that up until the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia maintained an active biological warfare program.

All it would take would be one ultranationalistic spark for that to start all over again.


Russia: We no destroy sample.
WHO: You should.
Russia:...Da... vell..... we lose sample in old renter movig out party.
WHO:.......................... Sh*t
Russia: We also lose vodak and nucleear veapon. So we both lose important thing.
2012-10-26 10:26:50 AM  
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So if you're going to wassail with the diseased, is it insensitive to sing "Roll Out the Barrel" in the Iron Lung ward?
2012-10-26 10:09:20 AM  
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The WHO has repeatedly suggested that we eradicate the final two lab samples, but researchers have protested as there MIGHT be something of value that could be gained from studying it. Why? It isn't as if they can walk in, check it out like a library book, and then check it back in on a day -to-day basis. I mean, I gotta make the reference...

WHO: Cast it into the fire! Destroy it!
CDC:......no....

/ I'll go out on this flimsy branch: Weaponized Smallpox?
 
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