Mad Scientist

Ron Fouchier, a mad scientist from The Netherlands, has created a new super-virus, a genetically modified H5N1 influenza strain, with the predicted potential to, if let out in the wild, kill about half of all humans on Earth.

Researchers and experts on bioterrorism now debate whether publishing the ‘recipe’ in the primary literature is a good idea or not.

This might call for a revision of the good old ‘publish or perish’ principle.

 

One Response to Publish AND Perish

  1. This is unfortunate for the poor souls who have spent their PhD/postdoc doing all of the lab work; but I think this one should maybe be kept on the quiet – or at least keep the step by step instructions under lock and key!

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