Thanks to Trond in Norway for this google translation of a report in the Financial Times Deutschland (see German below)
Swine influenza laboratory could be an accident
The swine flu virus may have originated because it was sloppy work in a lab - at least an Australian researcher says. The WHO, however, comes from a natural origin.
by Nora Schlueter, Hamburg
The theory of the retired Australian virologist Adrian Gibbs of the origin of the swine flu sounds like a scenario from a disaster film: As some scientists tinkering in the lab on a vaccine against different influenza viruses that infect pigs. Work, perhaps not quite clean. Or to infect cell lines for cultivation of virus with multiple strains. Combine snippets of DNA from three different strains are infected to a new virus that humans can. A laboratory employee has the flu pathogen outside - and begins a worldwide pandemic.
The fact is: The origin of the swine flu virus is still unknown. Components of its genome have similarities with eight different influenza viruses that were discovered from 1983 to 2004 in humans, birds and pigs. Gibbs is in his investigations to the conclusion that the new H1N1 pathogen probably goes back to three strains of the virus, which attacked in the past Pigs in the United States and Eurasia. Viruses are propagated in cell cultures
Scientists assume that the original strains of the virus by migratory birds, or trade in pigs came from one continent to another. In an animal that was infected by different pathogens, and finally emerged, the new virus. Gibbs, however, considers the coincidence of the origin of strains in a laboratory to be more probable: "It would be by far the simplest explanation."
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