I just wanted to open some discussion here I know a lot of you here are very wise indeed.
: the manipulation (as through genetic engineering) of living organisms or their components to produce useful usually commercial products (as pest
resistant crops, new bacterial strains, or novel pharmaceuticals); also : any of various applications of biological science used in such
If you look out into the world today, biotechnology is growing and advancing at an alarming pace. Not just in the United States, but many other
countries as well. Here's a pretty good top 10 ten list of a variety of bio technologies and some of it sounds a little scary!
While many of this is "supposed" to help us, one cannot believe that is ALWAYS the intention. Even when it is their intention, the outcome could go
very very wrong!. There are all sorts of crazy bio-technologies out there, expanding, living, growing, adapting, including DNA vaccines, Implantable
sensors, you've got spider-cows, it's in the food air and water. I think we're setting up for more advanced diseases rather than cures for common
ones. This is all going to backfire, soon! IMO
Remember the article with the mexican TB guy crossing the border into US?
Tuberculosis, an ancient, fatal airborne disease, has been treatable for decades with a cocktail of drugs. However, shoddy medical practices
world-wide have enabled the bacteria to mutate and, in some cases, become all but untreatable
It's just out of control, and I think the the feds are actually afraid of something! Which leads to Biodefense.
: the means or methods of preventing, detecting, or managing an attack involving biological weapons
When I talk about the feds being afraid I'm particularly talking about DHS, they've got something like a 5.3 billion dollar budged allocated over the
next five years for "BIOWATCH"
A catastrophic biological event could have devastating consequences. The U.S. government has efforts to provide detection and warning of biological
threats. DHS’s BioWatch , which aims to detect certain pathogens in the air, is one such program. DHS has been pursuing a third generation of
BioWatch technology (Gen - 3) to further enhance detection. GAO has published a series of reports on national biosurveillance efforts, including a
report released today on DHS’s efforts to acquire Gen - 3.
the estimated date for full deployment has been delayed from fiscal year 2016 to fiscal year 2022 . T he 2009 life - cycle cost estimate — a poi nt
estimate unadjusted for risk — was $2.1 billion . I n June 2011, DH S provided a risk - adjusted estimate at the 80 percent confidence level of $5.8
billion. Several steps remain before DHS can fully deploy Gen - 3 including additional performance testing, operational testing, and developing
location specific deployment plans.
Also interesting... does Boeing know somethings up? Apparently...
PositiveID Corporation (PSID), an emerging growth company and developer of airborne bio-threat detection systems for America's homeland defense
industry as well as advanced technologies for rapid medical testing and diabetes management, today announced it has entered into a license agreement
and a teaming agreement with The Boeing Company ("Boeing"), including a license fee to PositiveID of $2.5 million.
The license agreement provides Boeing the exclusive license to manufacture and sell PositiveID's M-BAND (Microfluidics-based Bioagent Networked
Detector) airborne bio-threat detector for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's ("DHS") BioWatch Generation 3 opportunity, as well as other
opportunities (government or commercial) that may arise in the North American market. Under the teaming agreement, PositiveID will retain exclusive
rights to serve as the reagent and assay supplier of the M-BAND systems to Boeing in the U.S. market. PositiveID will also retain the right to sell
M-BAND units, reagents and assays in international markets.
Does DHS and Boeing know something we don't?? Of course they do! I think we're all in for one heck of a ride. Let's hope they aren't pushing for
disease, just to get some of these contracts pushed through or whatever.. my goodness. In closing I just want to say thanks for getting this far I
know this thread won't be as neat as or well written as a lot of you probably like! I would love to hear any thoughts or knowledge anyone might have
on these subjects. Thanks everyone and go easy, I'm not a scientist.
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