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Monday, September 20, 2004  
1918 killer flu virus to be tested in UW lab

1918 killer flu virus to be tested in UW lab: "University of Washington scientists plan to infect monkeys with a killer flu virus grown from tissue exhumed from victims of the 1918 epidemic.
They hope the insight they gain will unravel the mystery of why tens of millions of people worldwide died from the virulent flu strain and lead to development of better vaccines and drugs that may save lives in the future.
'This was the most deadly infectious disease in the history of mankind, killing at least 40 million people,' said Dr. Michael Katze, a UW microbiologist and principal investigator for the local arm of the project.
'To this day, nobody understands why the virus was so deadly.'
Most experts believe another killer flu pandemic is overdue, Katze said, so it's critical to gain information about the disease."
To reread that last line: "Most experts believe another killer flu pandemic is overdue, Katze said, so it's critical we do everything in our power to help it get started.

I'm no Luddite, but this seems like a Crichton book come to life. Or King, maybe.

posted by lazarus | 13:26 | |
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