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    Sunday, January 15, 2006

    Prickly Egos: The scientists who identified the mutation in the Turkish bird flu virus are mad at America (or at least American virologists):

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) let it be known that the virus had been isolated. American newspapers got hold of the story early and described Mill Hill as only one of the labs working on it. Mr Douglas and his colleagues were furious. "It was as if we were just another bunch of people working away in the background, but that's not true. We are the only ones in the world who have grown this virus. A lot of people are asking for it now, obviously. The Americans are going to be last on the list, I can tell you."

    This is not merely a spat. The scientific world depends on patronage, which depends on kudos. The institute has been threatened with a move into central London and its workers do not want to go. They want the world to know about the work they are doing, and the Government to let them stay put. Another colleague shakes his head when asked about the Americans he perceives to be glory-grabbers: "Bastards," he sighs.


    Seems a little sensitive, and rather unrelated to the story, doesn't it? But, then, they are from the land of Hope and Glory. Emphasis on the glory.
     

    posted by Sydney on 1/15/2006 06:05:00 PM 2 comments

    2 Comments:

    Considering that in science your only "currency" is recognition, I would be very pissed too.

    By Anonymous Alexs42, at 1:29 AM  

    and I for one am not at all surprised that it was Seppo's who did the glory grabbing.

    By Blogger Digital Spy, at 3:18 PM  

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