John Smith sendnoemail at futurex.com
Wed Oct 14 21:55:19 EST 1998

I saw a PBS show on Biowarfare (a "Frontline")
a couple of nights ago. The Russians worked for
decades on bioweapons, with thousands of scientists
and 40 facilities across their nation, oblivious to
all prohibitive treaties.

Much of the work was evidently to create
highly lethal variants of all known deadly
organisms, and some work may have been
to genetically combine strains to create
entirely new hybrid organisms that could
overwhelm any attempt at immunization.
A small pox - ebola hybrid was rumored
to have been engineered.

My questions are as follows:

1. What constraints are there in evolution
that would prevent some deadly naturally occurring microbe
from mutating attaining a 100 percent kill rate for a species
(such as man)? It is possible that many
species have been eradicated in this manner?

2. Does anyone think it is too difficult
to make, mutate, or isolate a microbe
that could indeed lethally infect all
humans, killing everyone on Earth?

-John Smith  

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