szyska: Paging Mr Flagg, paging Mr Randal Flagg....
Wicked Chinchilla: Well, for one, "resistant to vaccination" is a bit of a stretch. Its a new strain, so its quite possible that the current H1N1 vaccine is not effective against his new strain, but until you test it you really never know. Sometimes vaccines are at least partially effective to a number of different strains of the same virus.Second of all, there is a lot of fear mongering in this article. This wasn't done for no reason. Experiments with engineering flu are sometimes done to determine just how easy it would be for these strains to arise via natural recombination or mutation. I don't personally know why he did this specific work as the researcher didn't clearly state his intentions (which doesn't help him at all, try not to hamstring us all jackass) but that's one potential reason at least.At any rate, they also whine about his work being done at a BSL-3 vs. a BSL-4. The differences in personal protection are significant, to say the least between these safety levels. The differences in biosecurity is unrelated. As long as his work uses Select Agent material then it is subjected to all the same security and access control protocols as the stuff at BSL-4. And there are a LOT of those. And a lot of clearances and inspections. Its not some hum drum university lab any 18 year old can walk into with a flashlight and nightstick armed rent-a-cop "watching" the door.
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