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February 15, 1999: ...Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, which reported Monday that researchers for the first time have completely analyzed a critical gene from the killer influenza virus.
Originally posted by Gryffen
Well...seems the goverments are gonna start messing with biological warfare huh!
Spanish Flu, also called the Spanish Lady, was one of the major diseases that wiped out many in the recent centuries...passed through europe like wildfire by rats and fleas on infected wool etc.
All they have to do is splice the sequence for SF onto something like a easy contacted disease...say chicken pox...and woolaaa...perfect bioweapon.
1918 spanish flu
spanish flu as bioweapon
Having been trained in biowarfare and outbreak scenarios.....this isnt good.
From NewScientist.com: Experts fear escape of 1918 flu from lab
The 1918 flu virus spread across the world in three months and killed at least 40 million people. If it escaped from a lab today, the death toll could be far higher. “The potential implications of an infected lab worker – and spread beyond the lab – are terrifying,” says D. A. Henderson of the University of Pittsburgh, a leading biosecurity expert.
Yet despite the danger, researchers in the US are working with reconstructed versions of the virus at less than the maximum level of containment. Many other experts are worried about the risks.
Originally posted by Hellmutt
It seems like there is just a question of time before we got a worldwide deadly plague to deal with, deliberately or not...