In article <CC2qIB.4vI at ncifcrf.gov> masuda at fcs280b.ncifcrf.gov (Michiaki Masuda) writes:
> I heard that at ICV, there was a debate concerning the US government policy
>to collect and destruct all the smallpox virus stocks in the world. Actually,
>the decision seems to have been already made, and unless there is a strong
>claim against this policy from someone, there will be no smallpox virion
>on this planet after Dec. 31 this year.
The complete variola sequence was also presented by Rob Massung (a friend
from grad school) at ASV in July. Apparently, it has been decided that
variola is just too dangerous to keep around. There have already been several
cases from laboratory accidents. Let's face it, the current AIDS epidemic
pales in comparison to the many smallpox epidemics of the past.
On the other hand, the sequencing clones still exist and could be used for
Rob is at CDC in Atlanta and has email, but I don't have his address handy.
BTW, Rob showed a mind-boggling slide of the variola transcription map
(yep, the whole map one slide).
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