Scientists recreate an extinct virus, triggering new warnings about controversial research

The Extinction Chronicles

For years there have been warnings that advances in science could make it possible to cook up killer diseases in laboratories and unleash them on the world.

This week came news that scientists at the University of Alberta have put together from scratch a relative of the smallpox virus — and a reminder that the threat of deadly viruses created by humans is more than theoretical.

The smallpox virus, which triggered brutal disease for centuries, was declared eradicated in 1980 after a successful global effort to end its reign of terror. But some scientists fear that it could be revived through what’s known as synthetic biology — the ability to make a virus by putting together by the recipe outlined in its genetic code.

The horsepox virus the…

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3 thoughts on “Scientists recreate an extinct virus, triggering new warnings about controversial research

  1. Start up the virus a little different than what it was and now you need a new vaccine!!! Big Pharma makes more profits and the doctors who insist on vaccines get all sorts of perks. Example, box seats at sports games, restaurant dinners, trips to the Bahamas etc.

  2. Playing around with the unknown may lead to consequences beyond our control. As much as being a good tool, science in the wrong hands can be catastrophic, as may be the case in this instance.

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