Need virological help with work of fiction

lehn at facstaff.wisc.edu lehn at facstaff.wisc.edu
Wed Oct 5 10:29:55 EST 1994


In article <MAILQUEUE-101.941005094123.448 at molbiol.uct.ac.za>, 
<ED at molbiol.uct.ac.za> writes:

> 
> > I am currently at work on a science fiction/disaster novel and am 
>                               ^^^^^^^
> 
> ....and if you have no SCIENCE background, how come you are trying to 
> write such a novel???
> 
> > major plot device is an unusual form of airborne virus.  I would 
> 
> The only kind of unusual form of airborne virus would be one that is 
> totally unrealistic, given our current understanding of virus 
> architecture - and while it is tempting fate to say that no major 
> surprises are expected, no major surprises ARE expected, in terms of 
> "airborne viruses", at any rate.  Perhaps a parachute brigade-borne 
> virus?
> 
> > Thanks, in advance, for your assistance.
> 

>  | Ed Rybicki, PhD          |         Well, I tip my hat           |

Not so fast here.  Suppose for the sake of argument, that one
were to insert the HIV genome into another virus......

Lets see now, if HIV were cloned into vacinnia and the virus were
grown up in large quantities and spayed in a fine aerosol over
a large metropolitin area.  Eeeeeh! ...




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