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THE US government paid scientists to figure out how the deadly bird flu virus could mutate to become a bigger threat to humans, then demanded virologists researching their work don't release full details of their success.
They admit the research had lots of potential to help the public, but feared it might also be hijacked by would-be bioterrorists.
"By 1918 Oswald Avery and others at Rockefeller Institute had already produced both an effective curative serum and a vaccine for the most common pneumococcal pneumonias."
I don't even think it's logical to think in terms these viruses are not created. Life started as a single cell organism and has progressed to this point. Hominids have been around for millions of years. I find it highly unlikely that we would evolve over time carrying the best features of Hominids with us, discarding what was not needed or useful, even whole lines of evolution and would not have developed better immunities to a lot of ailments we have unless they are being manufactured to get around those immunities. At the current rate of newly discovered human viruses in the last century it would equate out to billions of strains of viruses since hominids evolved and there would be more proof of the viruses and the deaths and sicknesses caused by them in the archeological record and there is not
The human microbiome is the entire complement of microorganisms that exists in and on every human body. ….rapid advances in human microbiome research involve collecting large amounts of data on microorganisms that exist in symbiotic relationships with the human body. ….
Human Microbiome Project
At birth, your body was 100-percent human in terms of cells. At death, about 10 percent of the cells in your body will be human and the remaining 90 percent will be micro-organisms. That makes you a "supra-organism", and it is the interactions between your human and microbial cells that go a long way towards determining your health and physical well-being, especially your resistance to infectious diseases.
….a microbiome is the full complement of micro-organisms populating a supra-organism. The goal of the HMP is to sequence the genomes of 1000 or more of these microbial species and assemble the information in a "project catalogue" as a reference for future investigations.
….even with the availability of technology to explore the microbial world in depth, to date, only a fraction of the human bacterial microbiota has been genetically identified and characterized. As of late 2009, approximately 1,100 published complete bacterial genomes had been identified with 6,000 more under review.13 Nevertheless there are still huge gaps in our understanding of how the microbiota contributes to human health and disease.
Viruses (the virome) and phages are also key components of the microbiota. Like bacteria, many of these microbes have yet to be fully characterized by high-throughput genome sequencing. However, molecular analysis has revealed that nearly all humans acquire multiple viruses, usually within the first years of life, viruses that generally remain with them throughout life. Polyomaviruses infect between 72% and 98% of humans, surviving in the kid- ney, lung, and skin.14 Similarly, human herpes viruses are extremely persistent.
Anelioviruses, as well as adeno- associated virus are now recognized to infect most humans by the end of childhood. The role of these viruses is unknown, but a significant number of people who harbor them become symptomatic later in life, suggesting that they may be capable of virulence under conditions of immune dysfunction. According to Herbert Virgin of Washington University, "We carry, for good or for ill, many lifelong [viral] passengers."14
......the Human Genome is actually about 20% comprised of insect and microbial naturally occurring genetic engineering, which I think would only further prove the points I made.
Beware of viruses living inside human body
There are thousand of viruses that exist in the genes of every human which are mostly defective but some of them could trigger infections including schizophrenia, breast cancer, haemophilia, rheumatic disorders, multiple sclerosis, type I diabetes and even AIDS.
....called human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs)......
Most of them were early traces of original viruses, having first integrated millions of years ago.