Where did the 2009 H1N1 swine influenza pandemic come from? This week we hear the evidence that this new 'flu may have escaped from a laboratory. We also explore rising rates of resistance to the antiviral drug Tamiflu, hear how 'flu vaccines are made and meet a mutant 'flu strain developed by scientists to protect the population. Plus, why soy cuts cancer recurrence rates, how a case of mistaken identity spells trouble for endangered fish, a computer model for unclogging coronary arteries and in Kitchen Science Ben and Dave measure the speed of a sneeze...
No, it wasn't.
I listend to the podcast on the way into work this morning. I have a couple questions...
The question: "Where did the 2009 H1N1 swine flu come from?"
I suggest that you listen to the programme... chris, Thu, 17th Dec 2009
I heard a lot of speculation that it might have been, but I heard no evidence that it was. Geezer, Thu, 17th Dec 2009
Geezer: see above (I suggest that you listen to the programme...)
No evidence that it was is not necessarily the same as saying no evidence that it wasn't...that's the worry, to my mind. daveshorts, Fri, 18th Dec 2009
Right. In the absense of evidence it is speculation. That's my only point. Geezer, Fri, 18th Dec 2009
But there is evidence.
What would you want for evidence?
Yes! That would work
Well, according to the program the 3 viruses that combined were *pig* viruses that were last seen in North America, South East Asia and Europe.
It is always convevient to explain away new scary viruses by saying, "It is those bloody scientists again messing with stuff they don't fully understand and then releasing it to the world."
The other factor is that one of the viruses is one used to make vaccinations. That's also suspicious. wolfekeeper, Sun, 3rd Jan 2010
Yes. There is reason to be suspicious, and we should take steps to ensure that it's extremely difficult for viruses to escape from labs. I'm sure the controls could use a tuneup from time to time.