The Ebola virus - the end of the civilized world
poets at ccmail.orst.edu
Fri Aug 18 11:17:26 EST 1995
RUS-92 at IDA.RUC.DK wrote:
> Indeed, Ebola is the mightiest threat mankind has faced yet.
Actually, the real estate developer is mankind's greatest threat. Ask
It is very easy to make up very scary "what if" stories about killer
infectious agents. These agents, however, are still part of the
biosphere and interact with other players. On a whole, microbes on
this planet make life possible. What makes an agent harmful or a
killer is dependent on the agent's response to a select habitat or
niche. That niche can be a jungle or a lymph node, but to say that
a virus can waste a bunch of lab animals says nothing about its
potential to wipe out the entire world (it even makes a lousy movie,
"Outbreak" was infected by the bad movie virus).
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