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WHO is Investigating If Swine Flu is Man Made

Put your tinfoil hat on people! Virologist Adrian Gibbs, a developer of Tamiflu, suspects swine flu may have escaped from a lab. His effort to trace the virus's origins by decoding its genetic blueprint has led him to consider the possibility. In fact, the World Health Organization is taking his claims serious enough to spur their own investigation.

"Gibbs and two colleagues analyzed the publicly available sequences of hundreds of amino acids coded by each of the flu virus's eight genes. He said he aims to submit his three-page paper today for publication in a medical journal.

''You really want a very sober assessment'' of the science behind the claim, Fukuda said May 11 at the WHO's Geneva headquarters.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has received the report and has decided there is no evidence to support Gibbs's conclusion, said Nancy Cox, director of the agency's influenza division. She said since researchers don't have samples of swine flu viruses from South America and Africa, where the new strain may have evolved, those regions can't be ruled out as natural sources for the new flu."

Part of me wonders if this isn't Bloomberg News' way of grabbing some headline attention since even the quotes from Gibbs make him sound unsure, and the CDC says their is not enough evidence to even begin to draw any conclusions.
 
 

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