C.D.C. Shuts Labs After Accidents with Pathogens

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    Jul 12, 2014 3:36 AM GMT
    C.D.C. Shuts Labs After Accidents with Pathogens

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/12/science/cdc-closes-anthrax-and-flu-labs-after-accidents.html
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    Jul 12, 2014 5:05 AM GMT
    Anyone remember the C.D.C. explosion in that series The Walking Dead?

    It's happening! The zombies are here! icon_eek.gif

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    Jul 12, 2014 5:17 AM GMT
    After reading more into the article, I found this:

    "Scientists doing the most controversial work — efforts to make pathogens more lethal or more transmissible — say the research helps predict mutations that might arise in nature so that vaccines can be created. But other scientists feel that creating superstrains is unacceptably dangerous because lab accidents are more common than is often acknowledged, as Dr. Frieden’s announcement indicated."

    While I understand that kind of work is necessary, it sure the fuck is scary knowing that lab accidents are the norm.