Possibly tighten up on the lab procedures?

There are viruses just waiting in the wings’: how do we stop the next pandemic?

8 thoughts on “Possibly tighten up on the lab procedures?”

  1. It’s seems that procedures in a level 4 lab like that in Wuhan are quite onerous.
    Which is probably why corners were cut. They clearly didn’t have the expertise to run one safely.
    But it’s okay, with the opening of half a dozen more, I’m sure that with practice they will get it right.
    https://www.nature.com/articles/nature.2017.21487

  2. “They clearly didn’t have the expertise to run one safely.”

    It’s not clear that anyone has the expertise to run one safely. That’s why it might be wise not to do gain-of-function research, which the sainted William Briggs calls “gain-of-lethality” research.

  3. While pointing at the chinese is somewhat fun, and probably correct in this case, it takes next to no reading up to find that there already have been a fair number of gaffes of this kind..
    And quite definitely not in China or Ifitgoeswrongitisnthereistan..

    As for “‘There are viruses just waiting in the wings’: how do we stop the next pandemic?”, in Questions We Can Answer:

    Welcome to the tender touch of Mother Nature.
    We cannot. Get over it.

  4. Last person known to have died from smallpox was Janet Parker, at the University of Birmingham Medical School, UK in 1978.

  5. @Addolff – yes. And she was infected by a lab leak. The outbreak was stopped partly because there were special isolation hospitals – she was taken to Catherine-de-Barnes Isolation Hospital which had been kept on standby (with no patients) for about a decade for just such an eventuality. The disease was taken very seriously then.

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