Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The People Who Play God, Part Two

Swine flu. H1N1. It made a lot of headlines in 2009. In June of that year, the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic and urged everyone to be vaccinated for the disease.  People stood in lines. Supplies ran out in various locations. The great irony is that the illness never panned out the way doctors told us it was going to go. Yes, people got sick and some of them died. This happens with any flu. It did not kill the number of people health officials predicted.
What I find intriguing about this story is the fact there was already a vaccine developed to fight this "new" 2009 A(H1N1) virus. The patent for it had been applied for in 2007! Let me repeat that. The patent for the H1N1 vaccine was applied for in August of 2007! You can see a copy of the filing here. Look below the publication date of March 5, 2009 to where it says "Provisional application number" and you will see the application for patent was filed on August 28th, 2007. Interestingly enough, it is very difficult to find information on the actual patent through typical search engines (US 2009/0060950 A1). I tried Google searches AND a search at the at the United States Patent and Trademark Website (where I was left with a message that read no results found). Googling H1N1 patent provided me with the first clues. This is not new information--just hard to find. (Update: this information is now impossible to find through a regular Google search. I had to use DuckDuckGo on 2/1/18!)

Something else bothers me about the H1N1 virus. This quote from Wikipedia, under Influenza A virus subtype H1N1:

In the 2009 flu pandemic, the virus isolated from patients in the United States was found to be made up of genetic elements from four different flu viruses – North American swine influenza, North American avian influenza, human influenza, and swine influenza virus typically found in Asia and Europe – "an unusually mongrelised mix of genetic sequences."[19] This new strain appears to be a result of reassortmentof human influenza and swine influenza viruses, in all four different strains of subtype H1N1.
Preliminary genetic characterization found that the hemagglutinin (HA) gene was similar to that of swine flu viruses present in U.S. pigs since 1999, but the neuraminidase (NA) and matrix protein (M) genes resembled versions present in European swine flu isolates. The six genes from American swine flu are themselves mixtures of swine flu, bird flu, and human flu viruses.[20] While viruses with this genetic makeup had not previously been found to be circulating in humans or pigs, there is no formal national surveillance system to determine what viruses are circulating in pigs in the U.S.[21]
Why does this bother me? It appears this particular strain of flu virus is an unusual mix of DNA material from North American pigs, North American birds, human flu, and pig viruses found mostly in Asia and Europe. How on God's green earth does something like that magically mutate together? Seems less an act of nature than and more an act of DNA manipulation (otherwise known as recombinant DNA, which was first officially performed in l972).

Is it possible there are those who create problems in order to also supply the solutions (for a price, of course)? Is the world truly so dark that people would play with the lives and financial resources of others? Only the people who play God know for sure. Beware. The light is coming!

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