Creating an unstoppable, mutated version of the bird flu far is too far!
We guess they can't see that, though, because 22 bird flu experts are meeting next week at the World Health Organization, and they will be tasked with deciding just how far scientists should go in creating lethal mutant viruses in the name of research.
We just get the feeling that "research" in this case was "let's see if we can make this invincible because we're totes insane."
No really, they said that. They said that no matter the censorship or regulations, an evil person could find the tools to do evil things.
Especially with THAT kind of attitude. Maybe it's not completely about stopping them, but also a little about making it harder for them… and publishing a report on how to do it is DEFINITELY not going to make it harder.
Here's what was said:
"It doesn't matter how much you restrict scientists from doing good, bad people can still do bad things."
The argument FOR this research is this: It's vital for scientists to be able to develop vaccines, diagnostic tests and anti-viral drugs that could be deployed in the event of an H5N1 pandemic.
But here's the thing — there's a possibility that it wouldn't become a mutated pandemic at all. Meaning, they could just potentially be developing tests and drugs for a problem they cause themselves.
Doing that makes very little sense to us, but then they still say:
"It is important that research on these viruses should continue. They do pose a risk. There's a lot of things we don't know about them. The question is not really should we continue to do research … but under what conditions can we do it so we don't unnecessarily create fears and risks."
Totally playing with fire here!
Regardless of the decision, we hope it never gets out and we never have a need to use what they make!
[Image via AP Images.]