Rev. Skarekroe: Captain Tlips
way south: Mixing viruses to create new ones... Why is this a thing?Why would you ever?!
Kibbler: If there is one thing I'm sure of, it is that eventually, somebody, somewhere, will create something that will escape the lab, and a lot of people will die. We've reached the singularity, as far as genetic research is concerned, and we can easily create something horrible. So it's a given that we will (or already have), and it's a given that we'll bumble it.
WTF Indeed: Only millions of people? Even if it kills 20 million Chinese, that's .014% of the countries population.
GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: Gary Sinise will remain horribly miscast.
LlamaGirl: M-O-O-N that spells goddammit China!
MythDragon: There is someone we need to send over to China[www.pitofhorror.com image 320x240]
jaybeezey: Everyone's always complaining about over population, but nobody wants to man up and do anything about it.Well here it is, in all of it's random killing glory. Who's going to put their money where their mouth is and let the genie out of the bottle?
RussianPooper: WTF Indeed: Only millions of people? Even if it kills 20 million Chinese, that's .014% of the countries population.There's 143 billion people in China?
The Googles Do Nothing: This is what happens when SCIENCE trumps JESUS.
mamoru: way south: Mixing viruses to create new ones... Why is this a thing?Why would you ever?!Aside from the obvious bioweapons answer, there is actually a research answer: to help us better understand gene interactions. Add, "so we can better combat viruses by knowing exactly which genes produce what protein to what effect in combination with the other genes its associated with".One way of pursuing such research is by mixing and matching gene combinations and seeing what happens. You can't necessarily do this with living cells, because you have to keep enough of the genome intact for the cells to be viable. A virus doesn't really have such limitations, so researchers can adopt a try and see what happens approach. If they can detect any general trends with specific gene combinations, they could potentially produce better anti-virals, better vaccines, etc from such research.Of course, this may very well go extremely wrong, but there are some good sound reasons for such research.
Wrath of Heaven: This is done by mutating the virus so that it can pass by airborne droplets between laboratory ferrets, the standard "animal model" of human influenza.You soulless assholes.The criticism led to researchers to impose a voluntary moratorium on their H5N1 research, banning transmission studies using ferrets.Woohoo!!However they decided to lift the ban earlier this year, arguing that they have now consulted widely with health organisations and the public over safety concerns.You soulless assholes... is it still terrorism if you do it to China?
Tenga: Ahhhhhh....Shanghai Suprise!
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