A Modest Proposal
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Tue Sep 20 20:16:15 EST 1994
In article <199409202025.QAA00361 at ducie.cs.umass.edu>,
<bogus at no.return.address> writes:
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> Date: 20 Sep 1994 13:26:19 -0700
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> tobin at fcs260c.ncifcrf.gov writes:
> > For those that missed the post in question, the author wants to crate
> > a recombinant virus (RSV?) that will immunize females against sperm
> > proteins. Supposedly, their immune systems would then neutralize sperm
> > and prevent fertilization.
> No, that's what they are trying to do at CSIRO with rabbits. I proposed that
> different approach should be used for the human species, because of
> you raise later
> > Problems:
> > 1. Although over-population is a real problem, underpopulation could
> > also hurt the global society.
> Society would change greatly of course. Probably for the better. Less
> resources allocated for reproduction means more resources allocatable to
> improving the quality of life.
> > 2. Virus would need to constantly replicate to induce enough sperm-
> > specific IgA in the vaginal canal.
> Not necessarily. For example, if the immunological target was proteins
> imvolved in implantation, rendering the host sensitive to these proteins
> be enough. Repeated exposure to an endemic vector would repeatedly boost the
> stimulated host immune response.
> > 3. The pupetrators would have a great deal of control over where the
> > infection starts, etc. and who would first be immunized against
> > the vector.
> The ideal scenario would be to release the agent simultaneously in all the
> densely overpopulated urban areas of the world. From there it would quickly
> spread to non-urban populations.
> > 4. Immunization against the vector would defeat the purpose. This would
> > be done in developed countries within a few years of discovering
> > the crime. Thus this is a formula for reducing the population of
> > the _developing_ world only. If this is reprehensible, then here
> > is another problem!
> There are lots of viruses that have no effective vaccines against them,
> including the common cold. I propose to start with one of these. I
> specifically want to avoid making it easy for wealthy countries could evade
> the agent.
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Recomb. produced magainins, antibiotic peptides originally
obtained from African clawed frogs (X. laevis) are
being explored for spermicide/antibiotic uses. According to
research with hamster and human sperm they cause sperm
paralysis at safe concentration levels and kill
microorganisms at the same time.
Ref: Grenard: Medical Herpetology. 1994.
he same time.
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