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Thu Oct 15 17:34:53 EST 1998
Patrick J. Maher wrote...
> A microbe with a 100% kill rate would be very devistating indeed, but
> this devistation that would lead to it's downfall. If it killed everyone
> it came into contact with, it'd probably kill off its carries before the
> whole species was eradicated.
> A couple of things would make this all much worse,
> 1) The disease killed
> very slowly allowing the carrier to pass it on to many people,
Disease organisms with this trait are known,
and latency could be artificially engineered
into most organisms. HIV.
> 2) the
> microbe could be passed on very easily, for example, through the air,
Disease organisms with this trait are
well known too. Cough sneeze. Flu.
> 3) even a dead carrier is infectious.
Disease organisms with this trait are known as well.
Anthrax and Smallpox can survive many years
in a dead victim, in soil, or on surfaces.
> These characteristics would make the
> microbe very devistating, but what would probably happen is an isolated
> group(s) would survive and be able to repopulate. The isolation could be
> physical of genetic (ie immunity due to genetic variation).
> Well, if that made any sense and answered your question, your welcome
If genetic engineering is used to amplify the
microbial characteristics you have identified as
ideal for the Doomday Bug is it quite possible
that total extinction could be achieved.
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