Monday, November 28, 2011

Some idiots have entirely too much time on their hands

(Via The Email List That Shall Remain Nameless)

Locked up in the bowels of the medical faculty building here and accessible to only a handful of scientists lies a man-made flu virus that could change world history if it were ever set free.

The virus is an H5N1 avian influenza strain that has been genetically altered and is now easily transmissible between ferrets, the animals that most closely mimic the human response to flu. Scientists believe it's likely that the pathogen, if it emerged in nature or were released, would trigger an influenza pandemic, quite possibly with many millions of deaths.

While I'm all for science and scientific research, just what in the hell is is going through your mind that leads you to create something like this? Don't tell me that you had to create the monster in order to kill it; because my credibility just doesn't stretch that far.

I obviously don't have all the details, and I probably don't have 1/100th the education I'd need to understand them if I did. But based on what I'm reading, this guy and his disease both need to be locked up in a deep, dark hole. Together. Overly-educated, irresponsible fool. People like this could quite literally be the death of us all.

And to make it worse, you can't get the jinn back in the bottle now.

2 comments:

Kevin Baker said...

Have you seen the movie "12 Monkeys"?

Zendo Deb said...

Send him a copy of S. King's "The Stand."