THE DOWNSIDE OF JURASSIC PARK: RECONSTRUCTING ANCIENT PLAGUES
The mad scientists are at it again, according to phys.org, this time, not inventing the recrudescence of Jurassic Park and long-dead dinosaurs, but sequencing the genome of the Black Plague that decimated Europe in the 1300s:
Of course, we're being told all sorts of wonderful, and indeed, true things: knowledge of how this plague evolved, how it has been the basis for many infectious diseases since then, is a good thing to know, for understanding how the disease evolved, and how it responds to micro-evolutionary changes in humans, can greatly benefit medicine in combating such diseases:
"The direct descendants of the same bubonic plague continue to exist today, killing some 2,000 people each year.
"'We found that in 660 years of evolution as a human pathogen, there have been relatively few changes in the genome of the ancient organism, but those changes, however small, may or may not account for the noted increased virulence of the bug that ravaged Europe,' says Poinar. 'The next step is to determine why this was so deadly.'"
Such knowledge itself would be yet another alchemical transformation of mankind, for it holds out the prospect of increasing longevity, a veritable Philosophers' Stone coiled up in the helix of DNA.
But it takes little imagination to see another terrible prospect for the use of such knowledge. As the article makes clear, geneticists are close to unraveling the evolutionary history of the Black Plague. Such knowledge would conceivably also allow them to ascertain "where the bug took a wrong turn" and allow them to engineer an even more virulent strain of the plague, along with all manner of cures for it.
Such knowledge would, of course, be a great boon to a world elite that has on more than one occasion made its goal of "population reduction" (their euphemistic phrase for genocide) known. Consider the possibilities: such a strain would allow them to accomplish their goal, while keeping the "cure" to themselves, or, in yet another scenario, would allow them to market their "cure" to a desperate population willing to pay almost any price for it.
And of course, if you've been following all of my blogs on these sorts of topics, that would be entirely feasible, since it is now a well-established precedent in patent law that engineered life forms are patentable as intellectual property.
See you on the flip side.
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