Scientists that have secretly worked to create a super strain of bird flu, have agreed to a temporary halt to their work, after world governments expressed concerns it could be used as a bioterror weapon. The Judiciary Report was the first to remark that the most current outbreak of the virus seemed man-made.
Scientist need to be careful that an accident during their misguided work in this endeavor does not result in something that has already been cured resurfacing in a stronger, more virulent format and killing many, before something can be done about it, outside of quarantining. The project they have undertaken is a threat to public health and safety.
Scientists to Pause Research on Deadly Strain of Bird Flu
Published: January 20, 2012 - The scientists who altered a deadly flu virus to make it more contagious have agreed to suspend their research for 60 days to give other international experts time to discuss the work and determine how it can proceed without putting the world at risk of a potentially catastrophic pandemic. Suspensions of biomedical research are almost unheard of; the only other one in the United States was a moratorium from 1974 to 1976 on some types of recombinant DNA research, because of safety concerns.
A letter explaining the flu decision is being published in two scientific journals, Science and Nature, which also plan to publish reports on the research, but in a redacted form, omitting details that would let other researchers copy the experiments. The letter is signed by the scientists who produced the new, more contagious form of the flu virus, as well as by more than 30 other leading flu researchers.