16 October 2005

Hope and Fear, from just one paper.

As much as I like to think of myself as being a middle-of-the-road kind of guy, politically speaking, I tend to lean far more to the left than to the right. Typically, I am not someone who normally manages to agree with Charles Krauthammer on very much, if anything. But his Friday article on the genome sequencing and reconstruction of the 1918 Spanish Flu virus provides a solid summary of both the desparate need that scientists have for that information, and the all-too-real reasons to be very afraid of the consequences of having that material available in the public domain.

1 comment:

Bughunter said...

Personally, my take on it was panic inducing scaremongering.... three seperate issues conflated to make a new bogeyman: Osama bin Laden riding a giant bird across the West sprinkling genetically engineered flu bugs into our coffee.