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Indonesian Health Minister Says Swine Flu Might Have Been Man-Made | Epidemiologists and Virologists Need to Weigh In

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This swine flu is unusual because it combines virus segments from 3 different animals - birds, pigs and humans - and also from 3 different continents - Europe, Asia and North America.

As the Wall Street Journal puts it:

In addition to genetic material associated with North American swine flu, the strain has gene segments associated with European and Asian swine flu, North American avian flu and human flu.

(confirmed here).

It is essential for epidemiologists and virologists to weigh in on this issue.  If this is a natural occurrence, they need to do a better job of explaining how it happened.  This is especially true given that the Indonesian health minister has just said this might be a man-made disease, and a retired Army General has also raised the possibility.  If this is naturally-occuring, it is imperative to get the word out.

If not, we need to know that immediately.

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If you know any epidemiologists or virologists who... by George Washington on Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 1:35:59 PM
"If this is a natural occurrence, they need t... by Tom Murphy on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 8:46:18 PM
Naaaaw...couldn't be...ya think?  Maybe?... by Sister Begonia on Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 6:43:15 PM
Anyone not willing to consider this is simply afra... by Stephen Sawyer on Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 10:30:50 PM
This is the pandemic Cheney always wanted.  I... by Dave Kisor on Wednesday, Apr 29, 2009 at 3:15:58 AM
I have heard several scientists discussing the vir... by Perry Logan on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 5:49:35 AM
Well if it isn't true, then you have nothing t... by sandy valencour on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 3:05:27 PM
The bird flu, of course, can be cured by hanging p... by Allan Wayne on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 8:33:35 PM