Originally posted by LazarusTheLong
they have been eating monkeys for millenia, and still do, and it doesn't seem to affect the spread of aids up or down... (see "bushmeat")
Because (assuming the SIV/HIV jump is correct) not every species carried the virus, and more to the point, not every species was used as food. Virii
do mutate over time - this is why the flu virus is such a pest. The darn thing just keeps mutating.
HIV/AIDS would make a decent bioweapon. It could never be traced to an "attack"
and it is also suspicious that it affects european decendants of the survivors of the black death, much less than other races...
Perhaps...but it's not unknown for certain diseases to offer immunity against others. We're just not sure why. I'm not too suspicious of this
able to largely preserve european ancestry, while openly killing off the rest of the world...
Except we humans breed across racial lines all the time...so that wouldn't be the best tool to use if that was the desire..
IF it was really perfect though, it would kill much faster (month to a year)... and in so doing, be more controllable.
On the contrary. A virus that can be spread over an indefinite period is much more "valuable", surely? If it kills within a month, that's a
very limited time span for it to spread. If it takes years...the opportunity to infect more people is far greater.
Some very interesting points!