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Should Deadly Viruses Ever Be Revived?

In attempting to determine the cause of the Spanish-Flu pandemic, U.S. scientists examined the preserved lungs of a Spanish-Flu victim who lived in Alaska. The tissue of this Inuit woman, referred to as “Lucy,” helped investigators to learn more about the virus and its likely source.

Before the lung-tissue studies, scientists believed that Spanish-Flu was caused by a swine-flu virus. In other words, they believed the virus originated in pigs.

After the lung-tissue studies, scientists still do not have all the answers about Spanish Flu, but they are reasonably certain the virus originated in birds.

Although investigating scientists now have more answers about the virus which caused Spanish Flu, do you think that reactivating the virus - for whatever purposes - is a good idea?  Why, or why not?

Do you think there is any chance that the Spanish-Flu virus, which scientists used to investigate the likely source of the virus, could ever “get out,” such that it could “get in” to the hands of terrorists?  Explain your answer.

Is the benefit of learning answers to long-pondered questions worth the risk of reviving or recreating the Spanish-Flu virus? Explain your answer.


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