Tuesday, July 02, 2013

The MERS plague

The Middle East Plague Goes Global - By Laurie Garrett and Maxine Builder | Foreign Policy:

'via Blog this'

A scary and frustrating article over at Foreign Policy about a recently emerged respiratory infection with a 50% mortality rate, and that spreads person to person. It also has a proven ability to infect hospital personnel despite safeguards. That lethality and virulence and the lack of any treatment is the scary part. The frustration is stems from the fact that apparently a Dutch research clinic that received a sample from some Egyptian scientists. The clinic then went on to sequence and patent the virus' genome. Now that patent is slowing down efforts to combat the outbreak by encumbering samples of the virus with legalities.

Just when I thought patent issues couldn't get any crazier...

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