Loved this photo - not sure where it came from but great stuff! I last mentioned Swine Flu here - an equally good photo there - Greens have been for some while echoing scientists concerns that factory farming helped lead to swine flu - another factor which is just coming to light is that the man who helped develop the Tamiflu flu anti-viral drug believes the swine flu epidemic has been caused by human error.
This guy, Adrian Gibbs says the H1N1 virus may have been man-made and was passed to humans after a handling mistake at a laboratory. He suggests it has escaped from the laboratory - the strain apparently mutates three times faster than the most closely-related viruses found in pigs, which suggests it had evolved outside of swine.
This, of course, is not the first time a virus has ‘escaped’ from a laboratory - just this year the avian flu virus made its way into a consignment of seasonal flu vaccines, which were destined for around 18 countries in Europe. Some scientists also suspect that the Russian flu outbreak of 1977 was started when a virus was accidentally released from a laboratory.