The prestigious French Pasteur Institute in Paris, showed no 2300 tubes, which contained samples of potentially deadly virus .
On Monday, employees of private non-profit Research Institute Pasteur in Paris, famous for the discovery in 1983 of the HIV virus, admitted that they lost about 2349 vials of 29 boxes, which contained samples of the deadly SARS virus correspondent writes The Local.
Scientists realized this during a recent inventory and reported the disappearance of the samples to the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products – a government agency also monitors the biomedical research asked for help in finding missing from the experts of the agency.
Agency experts searched the laboratory of the Pasteur Institute from 4 to 12 April, but left the institution with empty hands.
Learn about this incident journalists reminded the public about the outbreak of SARS in the early 2000s in Asia, which killed 775 people and thousands were infected.
However, researchers at the Pasteur Institute said that, despite the complete disappearance of the deadly virus and the lack of information about the fate of the tubes, there is no reason for alarm.
There is no reason for excessive concern – the institute said in a statement. – Independent experts from the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products qualified risk the survival of the virus SARS, as zero.
Representatives of the scientific institute officially asked the French authorities to initiate an investigation of the incident with the missing vials, which, in their opinion, may have been destroyed without making documents of the record.
The theory of human error is the most likely, but we do not exclude other versions, – said General Director of the Institute Brekot Christian.
It is noteworthy that before the French famous by the discovery of a giant 30,000-year-old virus that was in the Siberian permafrost in the Kolyma lowland area at a depth of 30 meters.