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  • eyepeefreelee Jul 9, 4:56 p.m.

    Of course they had databases in the 1950s. They just were not, for the most part, computerized.... View More

    — Posted by sinenomine

    Have any evidence to back up that claim?

  • northernnc Jul 9, 3:17 p.m.

    These samples were from long before anyone had ever heard of a database.
    Read more at http://www.wral.com/share/page/1896337/?id=13794175#JeLOJb1tGB0gjrFe.99

    The blankets have got to be close by.

  • computer trainer Jul 9, 2:15 p.m.

    My spouse has done a little research on smallpox this morning.

    According to that research the... View More

    — Posted by sinenomine

    But how long is the shelf life on that vaccine? 10 years seems like a long time to sit on a shelf.

    I requested that my children be immunized, but they told me that there was NEVER a chance that smallpox could come back. Yeah, sure.

  • computer trainer Jul 9, 2:12 p.m.

    If Smallpox had been eradicated, why are the samples needed for research on better treatments and vaccines? That makes no sense.

  • sinenomine Jul 9, 11:51 a.m.

    My spouse has done a little research on smallpox this morning.

    According to that research the last regular vaccinations for the general public in this country were in 1972. Certain lab workers and such who were thought to have a greater risk of exposure received shots after that time and I gather until pretty recently.

    According to government figures, as of the end of 2004 there was enough smallpox vaccine available to immunize everyone in the country should another outbreak present itself.

  • sinenomine Jul 9, 10:26 a.m.

    Of course they had databases in the 1950s. They just were not, for the most part, computerized. The world was not invented by Bill Gates and his ilk.

  • kenshi Jul 9, 9:48 a.m.

    I would not be surprised if there were a few more random samples out there. In fact, I'd be kind of surprised if there aren't to be honest. Having done research for over 30 years I know what its like in a lab and how regulations and protocols have changed over the years. I bet there's still vials of things I had in the lab I started at 30 years ago.

  • kikinc Jul 9, 9:17 a.m.

    Why don't they have a better system to keep track of all these containers of dangerous diseases... View More

    — Posted by mockingbird313

    These samples were from long before anyone had ever heard of a database.

  • iopsyc Jul 9, 9:05 a.m.

    Another case of something being left in the care of taxpayer paid authorities.

    — Posted by wayneboyd

    Sure. Nothing ever gets misplaced in the private sector, does it?

  • dennis8 Jul 9, 8:08 a.m.

    Why don't they have a better system to keep track of all these containers of dangerous diseases... View More

    — Posted by mockingbird313

    These were in storage from the 1950's. Very different world back then. Records were on paper. Anyone who had first hand knowaldge of these has either long since died or retired.

  • dennis8 Jul 9, 8:06 a.m.

    If smallpox ever breaks out, other countries will survive better than the US because they kept... View More

    — Posted by hardycitrus

    The only people who have been vaccinated any where in the world in the last 25 years have been researchers. If it ever gets loose again it would come close to ending civilization.

  • wayneboyd Jul 8, 6:43 p.m.

    Another case of something being left in the care of taxpayer paid authorities.

  • Huey Jul 8, 6:25 p.m.

    If they made it into a movie no one would believe it.

  • hardycitrus Jul 8, 6:19 p.m.

    If smallpox ever breaks out, other countries will survive better than the US because they kept vaccinating after the US stopped. Smallpox vaccines left a scar on your shoulder. Everybody used to have that scar, but young people don't.

  • mockingbird313 Jul 8, 2:04 p.m.

    Why don't they have a better system to keep track of all these containers of dangerous diseases and germs?? I would imagine they would keep a data base with the amounts and locations of all these vials, and update the system as they use the vials. Come on, America.

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