Why Do We Manufacture Bugs That Will Kill Us All?

Sometimes it seems as though mankind has a death wish, and recently a group of researchers in Holland nudged the ‘Doomsday’ clock a little closer to midnight. Just about everyone has heard of the bird flu virus and the fact that it is not dangerous to humans except in extremely isolated cases. There is no known cure, and if it were ever transmitted to us it could wipe out half the human race.

The Bird Flu Bug

So here comes the question, and its a big one: Why in the name of all that’s holy would a group of Dutch scientists manufacture such a virus from the original bird flu strain???????  It beggars belief that any scientists could be so irresponsible and get away with it. Should this virus ever escape from the lab, or worse, be stolen by terrorists, the effects would be cataclysmic. It is very easily transmittable by just a cough of a sneeze and could spread rapidly.

In today’s mobile world, a single sneeze from an infected person in New York would be sufficient for the virus to be carried to all four corners of the world by air travellers. Within days people would start dying everywhere, and eventually the death toll could be in the hundreds of millions.

Last Time!

The research, carried out at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, were looking to see if it was likely for the bird flu virus to mutate into something that could be caught by humans. Well, they not only answered their own question, but manufactured one as well. Another alarming aspect of the whole affair is that the scientists plan to publish their results. Any potential terrorist would then be able to duplicate the research and make his own virus.

Imagine what a group like al Quada could do with such a weapon! You know what these fanatics are like, they are perfectly happy to go to Paradise and get their 70 virgins, but I am not ready to meet my maker just yet, besides, I don’t think there are any virgins in our heaven!


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