E-coli Bacteria In Germany Contains Plague DNA

This just gets curiouser and curiouser. Was this outbreak a test run to see how authorities would act and to see how fast the “weaponized” bacteria  would work?

 

RKI’s director of Escherichia coli (E-coli) consulting laboratory, Helge Karch, a lifelong E-coli researcher said, “…I’ve never encountered something like this.”

The bug contains DNA from the Bubonic Plague, suggesting that this may not be a natural mutation but a weaponized version. According to an article in the Atlantic Wire:

On Tuesday, the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that Karch had discovered that the O104:H4 bacteria responsible for the current outbreak is a so-called chimera that contains genetic materia from various E. coli bacteria. It also contains DNA sequences from plague bacteria, which makes it particularly pathogenic. There is no risk, however, that it could cause a form of plague, Karch emphasized in remarks to the newspaper.
While researchers try to understand how this virulent bug evolved, none have yet speculated whether or not it represents a manmade mutant.
Spread of E. coli Outbreak across EuropeSpread of E. coli Outbreak across Europe

Credits:
Wall Street Journal

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