The Engineered Virus

My friends and i have spoken about the human population; feeling that the world is possibly getting over-populated. Just read these stats for starters:

  • The world population in 1918 was 1.8 bn; China’s population today is 1.39 bn. The world population 100 years ago is fitting into 1 country today!
  • Think of it this way – Nelson Mandela was born in 1918; so in one man’s lifetime the world population went from 1.8 bn to 7 bn!
  • For everyone to live comfortably on Earth;  economists have said the population should be at 2.3 bn.

This has made my friends and i paranoid. What if there is a secret organisation or government working on an engineered virus to bring the population back in line?

Bio-Weapons of the Past:

Ricin is very poisonous if inhaled, injected, or ingested; it acts as a toxin by inhibiting protein synthesis. It is produced from the seeds of the castor oil plant. A dose of purified ricin powder the size of a few grains of table salt can kill an adult human. During World War I, the United States explored ricin as a potential offensive biological weapons toxin at the American University Experimental Station. Two methods of weaponizing ricin were explored: bullets and shrapnel coated with ricin toxins or a ‘dust cloud’ of toxins inhaled into the lungs.

Bio-Weapons of the Future:

If labs can find ways to counteract (through drug resistance etc.) the effects of viruses, bacteria, fungus and parasites; then they can surely also find ways to genetically modify the code; to create genes in these pathogens to make them more lethal.

Botulinum: If the air you just inhaled contained botulinum toxin, you’d have no way of knowing. In weaponized airborne form, the deadly bacteria would be completely colorless and odorless. Between 12 and 36 hours later, however, the first signs of botulism would begin to take hold: blurred vision, vomiting and difficulty swallowing. At this point, your only hope would be a botulism antitoxin — and only if you could get your hands on it before symptoms advanced much further. If untreated, paralysis begins to take hold, seizing up your muscles and finally your respiratory system. Without respiratory support, Clostridium botulinum can kill in 24 to 72 hours.

Prion: A small proteinaceous infectious disease-causing agent that is believed to be the smallest infectious particle. A prion is neither bacterial nor fungal nor viral and contains no genetic material. Prions have been held responsible for a number of degenerative brain diseases. What if a prion is engineered to impair our brain function – so that we cannot fight off the organisation trying to take over the world?

Nano-Virus: are multipartite single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) plant viruses. Plague Inc. classes a Nano-Virus as a microscopic robot with the ability to replicate itself; and it is controlled or shut down by broadcasting codes. Instead of hand sanitizer; we’ll have to invest in something that can disrupt the broadcasting of these ‘kill codes’ if this is engineered in the future.

Bio-Weapon: this is an exceptionally lethal pathogen; usually killing its host.; it is a special type of plague. Some of the most devastation bio-weapons of the past have destroyed up to a third of humanity. This includes Bubonic Plague; Smallpox and Anthrax.

Today, biological weapons are outlawed under 1972’s Biological Weapons Convention and the Geneva Protocol. But while a number of nations have long destroyed their stockpiles of bio-weapons and ceased research into their proliferation; we still feel that the threat remains. What do you think?

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One thought on “The Engineered Virus

  1. Holy crap this was awesome. I have been researching (mostly trying to understand) how a nano-virus could work. Considering nanites are already being tested for medical use( softpedia:http: //goo.gl/ZJgNo5).

    so far really digging this blog!

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