Sunday, August 05, 2007

Foot and Mouth

Foot and Mouth again. It looks as though this outbreak has come from a breakdown in biosecurity at the Animal Research facility at Pirbright. Until a couple of years ago my brother worked there as a scientist. Of course, he says that the place has gone to pot since he retired. Whether this is true it sounds like something out of a science fiction story. On the same Pirbright site is a commercial vaccine producer. As the investigation proceeds it will be interesting to see whether the public or private sector has the better biosecurity.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This does seem like a science fiction story!

I wonder if Ursula K. LeGuin has written on the subject...

Seriously, this is a weird story, and I hope we get the full picture.