“The US government on Tuesday lifted a ban on making lethal viruses, saying the research is necessary to ‘develop strategies and effective countermeasures against rapidly evolving pathogens that pose a threat to public health.'”
But here’s the thing. “The work with three viruses can now go forward, but only if a scientific review panel determines that the benefits outweigh the risks,” meaning “the potential biosafety and biosecurity risks associated with such research.”
In other words, the potential of unleashing “a new germ that threatens millions if it is not properly stored or if it escapes from a lab.”
As they say, the risk is warranted. There’s no arguing with that.
Nevertheless, just the thought that a deadly new man-made germ could escape from a laboratory and kill millions, gives me the heebie jeebies.