Andromeda Strain: Scientists tinker with a deadly influenza virus that could wipe out civilization

December 1, 2011LONDONA group of scientists is pushing to publish research about how they created a man-made flu virus that could potentially wipe out civilization. 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 current strain of H5N1 has only killed 500 people and is not contagious enough to cause a global pandemic. But there are fears the modified virus is so dangerous it could be used for bio-warfare, if it falls into the wrong hands. Virologist Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Centre in the Netherlands led a team of scientists who discovered that a mere five mutations to the avian virus was sufficient to make it spread far more easily. He conducted his tests on ferrets as the animals have become a model of choice for influenza and has similar respiratory tracts to humans. Fouchier is so prepared for a media storm that he has hired an advisor to help him work on a communication strategy. The research done was part of an international drive to understand H5N1 more fully. Fouchier admitted the strain is ‘one of the most dangerous viruses you can make’ but is still adamant he wants to publish a paper describing how it was done. The study is one of two which has caused serious debate about scientific freedom and about regulating research which might have potential public health benefits but at the same time could also be useful for bio-terrorism. The other paper, also on H5N1, was done by a joint team at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Tokyo. Both papers are now being reviewed by the U.S National Science Advisory Board for Bio-security (NSABB). NSABB does not have the power to prevent the publication but it could ask journals not to publish. Paul Keim, chairman of NSABB, said: ‘I can’t think of another pathogenic organism that is as scary as this one.’ –Daily Mail
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53 Responses to Andromeda Strain: Scientists tinker with a deadly influenza virus that could wipe out civilization

  1. james says:

    Playing god with something like this is bound to lead to a catastrophe in the future, but this is man they love to create things that have the potential to destroy the whole world.

  2. Karl says:

    Madness….

  3. ValereB says:

    Are they insane? What on earth is worthwhile about creating a virus that can “infect millions of people at a time”? So,….do they create the virus so they can then create the vaccine, incite panic amongst the sheeple and then sell it? And what kind of crazy-ness is wanting to write a white paper on HOW they created this? As my mom used to say, “if you don’t have anything GOOD to talk about then keep your mouth shut!”

    I think I might have a brain hemorrhage after reading this article. Meanwhile, back at some extremist camp, they are having a fund raiser to buy the research these scientists want to publish.

    Off my soap box now :)

  4. RainMan says:

    “might have potential public health benefits but at the same time could also be useful for bio-terrorism”…………… speechless.

  5. Luciano says:

    This guy is totally nuts and has lost is sense of humanity. He and his work should be sent packing into solitary confinement and what he has produced has to be totally obliterated!!!

  6. Erica Gregory says:

    why cant we just live in peace? why kill its unbelieveable lets just kill the entire world eh>> so sad. theres too many mad scientists about .

  7. Chris says:

    Reminds me of 28 days later….

    • Chris says:

      Yup, things that we thought were just in movies are now coming true. I wonder who funded them for this ridiculous experiment, while there are millions of people around the world that could’ve used the money for things that are much more beneficial…

      When will this non-sense stop! We need the coming of Quetzacoatl to approach faster to hopefully save us from this ridiculous non-sense. No matter what your religion, there are countless texts and signs that depict the coming of a being of a higher society, where beings decend from the sky. I really hope it’s true, all I can feel within me is the fear, terror, and evil among the world right now and it’s scary…

  8. Joe says:

    with a price tag…

  9. Bone Idle says:

    More scary is the revelation it only takes five mutations to develop this virus. Lets hope that this doesn’t happen in nature without any input by humans..

  10. thinkinglazy says:

    Why would anyone even do that, makes no sense really.

  11. Warren says:

    Hi Alvin,

    I was always concern about the H5N1 virus, but to read this is scary!

    Warren

  12. del8395 says:

    TIME TO CALL A HALT ON SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, SEEMS WE SPEND MORE MONEY ON TRYING TO WIPE OUT THE HUMAN RACE THAN CURING THE THINGS ALREADY HERE TO DESTROY US LET’S HOPE THIS MAD IDIOT DIES OF HIS OWN DESIGN……..

  13. Greg says:

    Absolute madness!

  14. Devin says:

    I hope it is locked up in a secure place….or…uhhh…maybe they should just destroy it. Freaking idiots.

  15. WTF??? says:

    u make an apocalypse virus and then want to publish a how to manual….u eh see these ppl mad???

  16. Thomas says:

    YES!! THIS IS MADNESS!! Why would anyone,make something that could wipe out all of man-kind!! But then again, there are so,so many nuclear missles,all over our Globe!! They say ,that “Death Is Only The Begining ” ,Maybe ,some people want to get to the other side,sooner then most of us!! They should take people that invent stuff like this an expose them to these virus’s,,and take all the people,who beleave in nuclear weapons,and put them at ground zero,before the bomb gets set off!

  17. pagan66 says:

    This is scary beyond words. Man has evolved into insanity, how else to descibe a species who is hellbent upon their own destruction? I saw a doco recently on viruses being created & stored somewhere in Russia, there was no security & the viruses were being stored in unsafe conditions. They are playing Russian Roulette with our species.

    The movie 12 Monkeys & the novel The Stand might now be classified as Future Coding. I pray for all of us.

    Blessings

  18. nanoduck says:

    The H5N1 virus can be easily obtained from birds…it occur in birds naturally and transmissions between birds and humans are rare. It would be a very bad idea to publish the paper and make the information on how to tweak it to make it more contaginous, as that there are many countries and organizations that actively develop bioweapons. Of course, they might figure out a way anyway without that information, but why make it easy for them?

  19. Philippino Bob says:

    Officially the west is more concerned about Iran and its antique nuke program, while secretly they are busy with the real WMD, the deadly viruses. This is the real danger, not Iran!

  20. HW says:

    This can be the same scenario as the book/movie, Stephen King’s “The Stand.”

  21. Terry says:

    Why? why would someone do this? What possible reason could there be for creating something that could wipe us all out. Are the hundreds possibly thousands of nukes not enough! Im sorry for the rant but I read the news here and on a few other sites because I want to know what is actually going on in the world and couldent care less about the little rich reality stars when I know what they do is no where near what reality is for the rest of us yet somehow there are millions of idiots that are glued to their every move. I see people everyday that either dont have an ounce of respect for anyone else or themselves or have way to much self respect to a fault. It seems as though for one thing done that is good for the people our government has five things attached to it that hurts us as a nation and there is nothing we can do about it and nobody seems to remember united we stand divided we fall. Like I said sorry for the rant but I cant find my keys this morning and this kind of put me over the top lol.

  22. nancy says:

    As if we don’t already have more than enough ways to end mankind—between increased natural disasters and man’s ongoing tinkering with various forms of WMD. Man’s arrogant desire to play God will eventually lead to the demise of humanity. May GOD help us!

    • Roark says:

      god quit caring and left us to our own devices a long time ago. She/He/It said, the hell with them all, they’re nuts and went on to work in alternative universes. How else could such lunacy reign?

  23. Paula says:

    Wouldn’t it be interesting if all the people who are so enamored of death and destruction- other people’s of course- could all be rounded up and put on some other poor planet.

    The sane good people do outnumber the insane. The Light Shall Prevail.

  24. andrea says:

    Why name it Andromeda
    Andromeda – Constellation of Andromeda – very advanced entities – Peacefull and defenders of their rights
    Why darken their name

    • First; I believe such beings are just what the Bible calls them ‘demonic entities.’ Revelation 16:13, 14. Earth is isolated because of sin from the rest of the creation so the only beings contacting and visiting earth is angels; fallen or unfallen. Secondly, the name comes from Micael Crichton’s book written in 1969. The term ‘Andromeda strain‘ has become synonymous with a virus that is capable of extinguishing all life on Earth.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Andromeda_Strain

      • Kindred Spirit says:

        Amen!

      • Ronni says:

        Alvin,
        I wonder if people truly realize the depths of this. I find it hard to even comment because I can not seem to verbalize how I feel. This terrifies me more than nuclear weapons. I don’t think most people will understand this. It doesn’t matter. I know you will.

      • I don’t think most grasp the implications of having to contend with so many perils simultaneously: war, economic collapse, quakes, volcanic ash-choked skies, famine, soil and land crumbling, violence and pestilence. There may be worst-case distressing scenarios for a planet to be plunged into, but right now, I can’t think of any.

  25. sue says:

    …sounds like pride…this guy wants to show what a genius he is…but heck with mankind. Come Lord Jesus.

  26. sandelane says:

    If this has been reported in the mainstream news, then I would think the purpose of all this is to create FEAR.

    • If people are so consumed with celebrities, chasing dollars, and tv that they let the Senate unamimously pass a detention bill and allow the Congress to spend into oblivion- I don’t think this is even registering on the radar.

  27. JoeMozden says:

    Why would they create a virus that could kill millions of people? So they can kill millions of people. Pretty simple folks. The nwo / Illuminati / powers that be, or whatever name you want to use are real, and They want control. 7 billion people are hard to herd effectively. You do the math.

  28. Irene C says:

    Well, here’s my (conspiracy) theory for why they created this – population control. Wipe out a good portion of the population, preferably the undesirables, (the ones that don’t agree with them), and when they (NWO?) take over the world, they have fewer people to control. Very methodical – and insane. I do like the reference to Steven King’s “The Stand”. These experiments tend to backfire.

    However, one day these people will stand in front of a Holy God and they will have to give an account of their lives.

    Matthew 24:22
    And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

    Maranatha

  29. Siddha says:

    This makes me think very deeply, a while back I already had a feeling that they created most of the viruses that they talk about on the media. If they can create this virus, chances are all the previous ones could have been created or mutated artificially as well. Never get any vaccines. Your immune system will be much much more stronger to battle foreign and aritifical viruses, if you just eat healthy and naturally. When the media brings up warnings about a virus pandemic do not fall into the fear and get the vaccinations. Chances are this will only make you more vulnerable to the virus because you are injecting unnatural chemicals and dead viruses into your system. Strengthen your bodies, exercise, eat healthy natural food, and most importantly pray and meditate towards the creator if you want to take my advice:).

  30. Son of a mason says:

    thank god i don`t live in a big city when i see the plan coing to action.. I not much of a religius man, but god be whit you if you live in overpopulated areas now

  31. Science suffers from one of the oldest mental disorders called “supremacy”. As Shamans we understand that nature has a infinite time and wisdom, It means that Science becomes ego child’s play over nature when it try’s to control life and not understand the abundance of life. The deeper reason for trying to create fear of a deadly flu is like how religion needed to control the people with fear by the creation of the devil. Science is the elite’s last grip on our mind’s keeping humanity away from coexisting with nature and co-creating, where solutions come from not the filtered wisdom called education, but from all of nature and all of the wisdom of the world community. Science now has made the next leap from the religions creation of the devil, to the mental disorder belief brought threw supremacy, that now human’s are evil. and are a parasite, thus science try’s to make us believe they made there own devil, yet shamans have found that always there is a natural treatment. In a way geo-enginering and bio-engionering or engineering with nature by science alone was a huge experiment that shaman’s have been observing. It will simply end in the opoculips of the people awakening that science has been a false god that too often humanity have turned to for solutions rather then turning to look at the unique ability’s of one and another.

    • Lynn says:

      Has anyone seen the movie Contagion that was out not so long ago…Quite an interesting movie…….This is also somewhat similar in my opinion to what the story line of the movie is….if you stay til the end of the movie, it shows you how the whole world eventually becomes infected……. What is totally amazing though is that our hope is in Jesus Christ and our home is with him. With all the madness going on around us and getting more and more frequent, it makes me look up and know that no matter what the enemy does to take us out……..Jesus WINS…..and I am placing all that I am and all that I have on Him……..Amen :)

  32. scheat6sense says:

    With all the geological disasters happening since March, it makes you wonder: Is Mother Nature not working fast enough for them?

  33. jadetvm says:

    There is no question about it. This is obviously the work of the Devil.

  34. GIQuila2011 says:

    WOW…It really makes me question why in the world I am pressing my children so much to do well in life and to be respectful, kind, and considerate. Especially when we have morons like these people that deem it necessary to create such catastrophic and genocidal bullcrap! As well as question my own aspirations of continuing my collegiate education. These people seriously need to do a reality check and check themselves into someones psych ward….IMHO

  35. niebo says:

    Alvin, and James, Karl, juan, IreneB, Joe, Greg, Thomas, all—

    “Why” this “madness”? Because ego is the authority here. Because men can. “Because wickedness is multiplied, the love of most men will grow cold.” Matthew 24:12. Because THEY do not care. You are speechless, heartbroken, sick, because you are not most men. You are not your own authority. You have not made your name your god. You look to the sky and await redemption with tears in your eyes and cry, “Abba!”, because you do care and because you feel alone in this wretched place. But it is not real. Indeed, sin separates us from union with the Creator, but just for a little while. No plague, no pestilence, no sword, no famine, no roaring waves or wind, no tyrant, no earthquake, no falling star, no crumbling economy, no perplexity, no false teacher, no false doctrine, no antichrist devil, not even hell itself has dominion over you. Because His law is on your forehead, the back of your hands, in your hearts, and “stronger is He who is with us than he who is with the world”:

    “And I have put my words into your mouth, and hid you in the shadow of my hand, stretching out the heavens and laying the foundations of the earth, and saying to Zion, ‘You are my people.'” Isaiah 51:16

    “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:29-30

    “For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:28-29

    I pray for peace to all foreigners, to all sojourners, passing through, in Jesus’ saving name.

    • nickk0 says:

      ““Why” this “madness”? Because ego is the authority here. Because men can.”

      Niebo is right….. It’s because, men CAN.

      Just BECAUSE we CAN, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. :|
      THAT is what men forget, as we build bigger and bigger towers to nowhere, figuratively speaking.

      – Nick

  36. MARK says:

    ***THE ANSWER TO MANY OF YOUR QUESTIONS IS SIMPLE.. WHY?***

    “EUGENICS”

  37. Tim says:

    Another more recent article about these mad scientist and their creation.
    “For the first time the researchers have been able to mutate the H5N1 strain of avian influenza so that it can be transmitted easily through the air in coughs and sneezes. Until now, it was thought that H5N1 bird flu could only be transmitted between humans via very close physical contact.”
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/alarm-as-dutch-lab-creates-highly-contagious-killer-flu-6279474.html

    Global travel pattern of the H5N1 Virus (click “+” to zoom in).
    http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/76089964?access_key=key-6hfulob7a5od4sj7iin

  38. Tim says:

    U.S. asks journals to censor bird flu studies
    “A U.S. scientific advisory board on Tuesday asked two scientific journals to leave out data from research studies on a lab-made version of bird flu that could spread more easily to humans, fearing it could be used as a potential weapon.”
    http://news.yahoo.com/u-asks-journals-censor-bird-flu-studies-190015213.html

  39. Tim says:

    Clampdown on killer flu info sparks debate
    “The U.S. government paid scientists to figure out how the deadly bird flu virus might mutate to become a bigger threat to people — and two labs succeeded in creating new strains that are easier to spread.
    On Tuesday, federal officials took the unprecedented step of asking those scientists not to publicize all the details of how they did it”
    http://news.yahoo.com/details-lab-made-bird-flu-wont-revealed-223114982.html

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