Building a Better Strain of Monkeypox

New reports from Science revealed that virus experts at a government lab in Bethesda, Maryland, are planning to conduct an experiment to swap genes between two strains of monkeypox, one that causes more severe sickness and the other that causes large rashes and flu-like symptoms.

The latest monkeypox study is being funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a research arm of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

But the modified virus ‘poses an exceptionally high risk’ to the public if it accidentally leaks, according to Dr. Richard Ebright, a microbiologist at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

The team in Maryland would argue their work does not involve ‘enhancing’ a pathogen because they are swapping natural mutations rather than creating new ones, meaning the hybrid cannot be more deadly than the existing clades.

But the news will no doubt surprise many Americans that such research continues to go on in the US despite fears similar practices may have started the pandemic.

The Maryland team’s work is being led by NIAID scientist Bernard Moss at the agency’s headquarters in Bethesda.

This phase of the study will involve extracting dozens of genes from the more severe clade 1 monkeypox virus and putting them into the milder clade 2 virus.

They will then infect mice with the hybrid virus and monitor how the disease progresses.

The team had initially attempted the reverse: swapping genetic materials in the less virulent clade into clade 1 to make it less deadly but without success.

The current global outbreak is confirmed to be driven by clade 2, the less deadly West African monkeypox strain, which has a mortality rate of less than one percent.

Clade 1, meanwhile, kills one in 10 people it infects. It has its origins in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and primarily spreads in the Congo Basin.

 

MSNBC’s Lament (and response)

 

My-My-My

 

Bullet Points:

* Quote of the day: “It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succor of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till.”  – J.R.R. Tolkien

* Dogs never lie about love.

* Danish frogman corps (Frømandskorpset) (right)

* I love how we went from “death panels would never happen under nationalized Obamacare style healthcare” to “the Canadian government-run healthcare is openly euthanizing people it doesn’t want to treat” in less than 15 years. The slippery slope is real and we’re only about halfway down it.

* I’m on a J. R. R. Tolkien roll today, “The main mark of modern governments is that we do not know who governs, de facto any more than de jure. We see the politician and not his backer; still less the backer of the backer; or, what is most important of all, the banker of the backer.”

* Just one day after 15 Pennsylvania House Republicans sent a letter to acting Secretary of State Leigh Chapman demanding to know why 240,000 unverified ballots had been mailed out (“which, according to the law, must be set aside and not counted for the 2022 General Election unless the voter produces lD,” the lawmakers wrote), Chapman revealed that there will likely be delays posting the results after the midterm elections as they expect to find ballots supporting the Democrat ticket until the donkeys win.

 

From Nelson’s Navy

Sew Sew Boys – Sailors who have a special talent for sewing

Jack of the Dust– Purser Mate

Jack Nasty Face– a low-ranking sailor

Landlubber– a landsman who has no knowledge of the sea

Fireship – a prostitute with a venereal disease

Spouter,  or a Blubber Hunter – a Whaler

Admiral of the Narrow Seas– a Sailor who threw up in the lap of a comrade

Vice Admiral of the Narrow Seas– a Sailor who has managed to pee on a mate’s shoes under the table.

Long Tailed Beggar– a Cat

Lubber– a lumbering, awkward fellow a stout, clumsy oaf who struggles with seamanship

Bone Polisher– a cat of nine tails

Bugs– a dirty slovenly sailor

Bully Boys– an American sailor

Jack Tar – a British sailor

Cook`s warrant – an operation that ends in amputation

The Croaker– a Surgeon

The Doctor – a cook

Davy Jones’s natural children – pirates, smugglers, scamps, scalawags, and rovers

Jimmy the One – the first Lieutenant in the Royal Navy

Johnny Hawbuck– an officer who dressed like a dandy at sea

Landshark – A Lawyer

Limey– another name for a British sailor

Jollies, Lobsters – A Royal Marine

Manxman – a sailor from the Isle of Man

Nip cheese – the Purser

24 COMMENTS

  1. “…virus experts at a government lab in Bethesda, Maryland…”

    What’s the point other than to get their names on some stupid published White Paper? Last I checked GoF was ILLEGAL in the US, hence The Fowch Mengele and his ilk were working with Wuhan, using American taxpayer monies for their evil-doing. Nothing but arrogant moron PhD’s screwing with Nature…never turns out well. Let the hangings begin for these Lab Witches and Warlocks.

    I truncate the saying to “Dogs never lie.”

    Danish Frogman- Dressed to intimidate the Swedes across the channel, “Stay over there!”.

      • Wouldn’t assimilate or take on century’s old cultural traditions. See ya.

        One thing Sweden did right despite severe peer pressure opposition by the corrupt political hacks and medical associations (bought and paid for) was to not lockdown society during the Covidiocy.

  2. “I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

  3. >>> ‘to “the Canadian government-run healthcare is openly euthanizing people it doesn’t want to treat”’

    I can’t find the reference at the moment but it showed that government assisted suicide is now the 6’th ranked cause* of death in Canada. Let that sink in. The government is promoting and aiding in suicide to the extent it’s now ranked 6’th as the cause of death of Canada.

    Any other disease or condition there would be fund raising to find a cure. There would be government money and resources made available. You would be reading news articles about it and seeing programs on television.

    Of course that involves a lot of hangers-on making good bank on it. Just like cancer and heart disease.

    And there is money in government assisted suicide. It’s just not in preventing the deaths. It’s the deaths that make actual money, directly or through savings.

    They are all ghouls. And after Covid and this I have zero respect or trust in the medical field and doctors. Stick to fixing brocken bones, operations and hand holding. Everything else is just another racket.

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    *The way they grouped deaths into categories was reasonable and consistent with how they’ve done it in the past. I checked.

    • They haven’t gone to turning those who went with the government option (the “final solution”) into Soylent Green – yet, but I’m confident that something like that, which was proposed in Europe, will be embraced by the woke in Canada.

      If only Trudeau would lead the way for Canadians in this.

    • the Canadian government-run healthcare is openly euthanizing people it doesn’t want to treat

      In the 1990’s when Canada’s nationalized healthcare decided to total you, they sent you home from the hospital. It was illegal, backed up by police, to attempt to seek treatment within Canada, either funded by taxes or not. Many of them came to the US. In 2003 or so we counted a total of about 20 MRIs in all of Canada.

      British nationalized healthcare has the “Liverpool Care Pathway”. Old people go into the hospital with a treatable problem, so they drug them unconscious, withhold fluids until they die, and lie to the adult children about what’s going on. Was all over the British newspapers. Another situation was when incoming ambulances were parked in a garage for an hour to smooth out bursts in demand and pretend to meet the time-to-treatment goals, whose clock started when the ambulance reached the ER.

      • It’s difficult for me to fathom all that. It’s not as though I haven’t been around human misery my whole life, but there are some levels that people stoop to…

          • Murder, plain and simple. Of course, if you’re cool with killing unborn children, the leap to killing the elderly isn’t difficult, I guess.

          • That strikes home as I qualify as “elderly”. Since I’m currently continuing to beat the actuary tables, I’m probably a threat to the system.

          • I suspect that you’ve been a threat to the system your whole life. Now that you have Banner (a catalyst) the reaction moves even faster.

  4. One Of These Days……something’s going to leak out of a lab, and then Cpat. Tripps will be here for real.

    After seeing James Woods play a superbly weaselly character in Contact, I never would have imagined he was a Conservative. Bravo, Sir!

  5. My Fauclexia must be getting the better of me. Thought you had written that Clade 1 had its origins in the Democratic Party. Oh, wait, they are doing this research in Maryland and it is funded by NIAID? You were right afterall. Sorry.

  6. * I’m on a J. R. R. Tolkien roll today, “The main mark of modern governments is that we do not know who governs, de facto any more than de jure. We see the politician and not his backer; still less the backer of the backer; or, what is most important of all, the banker of the backer.”

    Well yes. In the olden days we knew who our elite overlords were, they had these massive farms and lived well in the Season and in the clubs on St. James and Pall Mall. They were identifiable and, to be fair, had a vested interest in the land.

    Today’s money? No one knows where the hell that lives, with the emphasis in on hell.

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