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Old 02.12.2011, 17:36
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nah-ah. zombies can't dance.
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why bother with this unknown thing? smallpox is deadly, the population is not immunised to it and the sequence is readily available. with dna synthesizers available on ebay for less than the first class tickets bought for the 9/11 attack, a well-funded and motivated terrorist might be successful in producing smallpox with a few years of work.

imo, i think it unlikely that 'bad people' would go to this effort when much easier methods are available.
I know that there are more biological threats out there than just the influenza virus my dear.

I was interested whether people had an opinion on how biosafety should be handled: make all information publicly available regardless on how sensitive it may be, restrict the accessibility to selected people only who also define the term "sensitive information" or decide on a case-to-case basis. I think that there is no optimal solution, all options come with advantages and disadvantages, that why I tend to favor the case-to-case decisions.


Btw, my H5N1 is more deadly than your smallpox!
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Old 02.12.2011, 17:52
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I know that there are more biological threats out there than just the influenza virus my dear.

I was interested whether people had an opinion on how biosafety should be handled: make all information publicly available regardless on how sensitive it may be, restrict the accessibility to selected people only who also define the term "sensitive information" or decide on a case-to-case basis. I think that there is no optimal solution, all options come with advantages and disadvantages, that why I tend to favor the case-to-case decisions.


Btw, my H5N1 is more deadly than your smallpox!
just make it available to everyone.
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