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Let's Create A Virus That Can Kill 50 Million People - What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Let's Create A Virus That Can Kill 50 Million People - What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

By Jeff Wagner. CREATED Jun 16, 2014

Your tax dollars at work.

Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a researcher at UW-Madison, has just recreated a virus that essentially mimics the 1918 "Spanish Flu".  This virus led to a pandemic that killed 50 million people worldwide. 

Kawaoka says that his purpose in recreating the virus was to develop a vaccine to combat it - and other similar types of viruses.

Researchers worldwide say that it is incredibly irresponsible to recreate a virus like this.  Experts say that if 10 labs similar to Kawaoka's performed experiments like this, there would be nearly a 20% risk of resulting in at least one laboratory-acquired infection - which may lead to the virus spreading.

Media types suggest that those who oppose this type of research are "angry Luddites".

Kawaoka says that his security is tight - and that there's no need for people to be alarmed.

During the 1 p.m. hour of Monday's radio show, we'll discuss whether research like this furthers legitimate scientific goals - or is dangerous and irresponsible?

Please feel free to share your thoughts in the Comments section - and be sure to check back later to hear a replay of the segment.

Jeff Wagner

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Jeff Wagner recently completed his 15th year as a talk show host at 620 WTMJ. Jeff's show, which airs Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m., features stories which you might not have heard about elsewhere and emphasizes Jeff's common sense approach to issues.