posted on Aug, 1 2014 @ 02:10 PM
The entire world needs to cooperate in making a Bio-IV lab for work on the most dangerous and most lethal contagious diseases. There are plenty of
labs around now, but that is the problem. There are plenty of places for the worst man has discovered to become a household name before it becomes a
What I believe the world needs is a new kind of laboratory. One based on a simple concept people can trust. I'll call it "Zero Exposure".
In that I mean a lab where human incompetence, natural disaster or attack in war cannot and will not create exposure to the outside world. Zero
Exposure. That could be a deliberate attempt to smuggle something out or it could be a 500lb bomb right in the middle of a complex. There should still
be 0 chance for exposure outside the lab environment. We should accept and settle for nothing less.
That is a very tall order, I admit. In fact, it is near on impossible. It has to be a design where people can get in and people can get out for work.
It must be capable of taking delivery of agents and pathogens while allowing 0 chance they can escape or survive in the off chance they do. In short,
the very air around the complex must be as lethal to pathogens by nature as the sterilization methods used inside would be.
What I propose are labs in three places which fit the criteria above. I suggest more than one for redundancy of effort in crisis, security in losing
one by accident or incident as well as being half way convenient for science to travel to during their assignments to a facility. I say assignments,
because the idea people can be in a BL-4 lab in the morning and cooking dinner for their family that evening is reliance on a complex system of fail
safes which can and will someday fail. They need fail only one time. Just once.
I propose the first one be located just inland from the most stable overhanging Ice Sheet they can find in Antarctica. Ice sheets would allow
subsurface access by submarine for emergency or an adapted resupply schedule during the brutal winter months.
The second one I propose be designed within the deep central pacific, as deep as a facility can be designed to function without being destroyed by the
The third one I would propose be created in the geographic center of the world's largest true desert. The Sahara? Saudi Arabia's empty quarter? The
Gobi desert? Located in but deep under. Many hundreds of feet under, with a method of total cut off and permenant seal applied from a single access
point on the surface. This would allow a scorched lab policy for last ditch containment. Everything dies. Nothing remains. Nothing gets out.
One thing each of these places have in common is also extreme remote access. This makes work there an assignment, like a tour of service and not a 9-5
to be around non-lab people in the same day. In fact, I propose a 2 week rotation pause in every person for a quarantine as a routine security
procedure. Scheduled in automatically, I wouldn't think it would be too harsh.
What does everyone think? This is my first big idea to share and I know it has holes. Big ones, I'll bet. Where are they? Why couldn't a Zero
Exposure lab work and is there anything else to give the same protections from incompetence as sure as deliberate attack?