Genetically-Engineered Supervirus: H1N000000!

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This plush eyeball nugget dangling from a chain of monkeys makes more sense than synthesizing a killer flu. (img by scanlime)

A group of scientists is pushing to publish research about how they created a man-made flu virus that could potentially wipe out civilisation.

The deadly virus is a genetically tweaked version of the H5N1 bird flu strain, but is far more infectious and could pass easily between millions of people at a time.

The research has caused a storm of controversy and divided scientists, with some saying it should never have been carried out.

The research does bring up a load of moral questions, and really makes me wonder how many people haven’t read King’s The Stand. I’d certainly think twice about creating a superflu if I had to go to Boulder, CO after somehow lucking into being one of a few thousand people worldwide to survive. That town makes me stabby.

But I’m not a scientist. I’m a city dweller, and therefore among the least likely to survive a zombie/flu apocalypse. My city is convoluted and difficult to get out of. If I were a survivalist, I’d never have moved here in the first place.

But I’m not a survivalist, either. I’m a regular dude. And I’m trying to find the balance between hightailing it to the wilds of Idaho with an armored wagon full of off grid generators and ammunition and spending all day with my head in my cell phone, victim to curbs and traffic and my fellow man.

Superflu headlines don’t scare me like they used to. If a superflu is going to wipe out civilization, the chances of even the best prepared surviving are so small as to be totally random anyway. I’d rather cultivate adaptability, problem-solving skill, fitness, and basic knowledge than build the perfect bug out bag.

What about you?

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