Lethal Virus from 1918 Genetically Reconstructed

The sunshine project reports that an US ARMY researcher has recreated the “Spanish Flu” virus which killed 20-40 mio people in 1918. Apparently they reconstructed the virus by mixing gene strains from exhumed victims of the flu (at least that’s how I understood it). Great for the big country that hates WMD so much.

Let me just quote one sentence from an (admittedly biased) sunshine biologist : “If Jeffery Taubenberger worked in a Chinese, Russian or Iranian laboratory, his work might well be seen as the ‘smoking gun’ of an offensive biowarfare program,” says van Aken.