Like what the author said in the end of book, if we can not wipe out the mind of using the bioweapon, then we can not wipe out the pathogen. Who is the demon? The demon is not in the freezer. It's in ourmind.
Virus is interesting, and so is the bacteria. But they are not interesting, if you face with them. Every breath and every touch with the pathogen would take your breath.
That is suprised that we still keep the most dangerous virus in the world. And its name has appeared thousand time in the history and ruined more than million people's lives. It's pretty ridiculous that we have to keep the viruse just beacause of its scientific value.
I almost forget the purpose that we need science. Science are not just the tool to satisfy your curiosity. It was burn to benefit the society and the whole world. That is why we need ecology to give our advice for protecting the environment and sustaining the function of the world. There are more than thousand kinds of virus. And you just choose this one that is almost being diminished for your scientific purpose ?
I believe that everyone would be angry after reading this book and skeptic on those virologists. No matter what the reason they gave, only one thing is clear---we don't need the virus and the risk of virus leaking in our lives.
Right now, it's pretty easily to produce the man-made virus. If someone want to make the super virus, he can pick the deadly virus's DNA sequence in the internet and chose the proper vector for virus cloning. So, the scientists should focus on how to prevent this thing happen and to avoid the super virus. Those viruses are definitely far from their nature siblings. In other words, it is useless to study their nature counterpart. And the nature virus should be thus extiguished from earth.
But everyone just sit and argued that those nature virus can be used for designing new drugs. Design new drug? Do you think that terrorists would be so stupid enough to make the same virus as nature one and you easily use drug to eliminate them? The answer would be definitely not!
They would just use different combination with vector and virus DNA sequence to see which combination would create the most efficient way of wiping out the targets.
At the core of this book is the author's admonishment that we still live in the world with the danger. And, ironically, that danger is caused by ourselves.
I recommend this book for anyone who is skeptic that variola are not truely extinct and hope one day that we can esacpe such fearsome.
Who doesn't love infectious diseases? The world may be rid of smallpox but like the struggle in the Lord of the Rings, the great power that comes with possessing it is greater than our ability to come to our senses and destroy the samples that remain. The cold war may be over but there're now much greater 'weapons' than ever to terrorize the planet with thanks to virologists that are under pressure from their governments....Continua
I have read the author's previous book - The Hot Zone - which talks about Ebola virus.
This book is another one describing human's effort of combating one of the most fearsome diseases, the smallpox.
The author is skillful in narrating the development of the disease on a human. While I was reading the book, I was imagining how it would feel like to have the symptoms on my own body. Pustulated and distended skins, dark red eyes, extra awareness just before you die of the disease... these are so scary... I'm glad smallpox has been eradicated!
This book read more like an thriller, but what it says inside really happened in the past. Smallpox is a potent biological weapon, I really hope no one is going to use it to kill others!...Continua