Saturday, February 5, 2011

Man's inhumanity to man makes countless millions weep

My new book, The Biocide Conspiracy  is due to be released soon. This is what I learnt while I conducted my research. It’s scary stuff but who knows what chilling research is happening in high security labs not just on earth but  in space too.

Agents are classified broadly as pathogens and toxins.

Pathogens – Simply germs, such as the common cold invade a host, and cause illness. The Black Plague is thought to have been caused by Yersinia pestis pathogen while in our time AIDS, currently killing millions globally, is caused by the pathogen HIV. The ultimate challenge for researcher is to produce an agent, resistant to vaccination, fungicide and antibiotics.

ToxinsThink snake bite or deadly night shade – a toxin is a poisonous substance produced by a living organisms. Toxins cause illness on contact or by absorption by body tissues. Some, such as a mosquito bite, have a short term and mild effect  while others, such as botulinum toxin, are lethal.                                  

 Advances in genetic engineering are speeding up the production of a viable agent New techniques used by geneticists enable the creation of deviant micro-organisms with the desired characteristics.Transforming  microbes into WMDs is providing geneticists with a fascinating and lucrative area of research
‘Man’s inhumanity to man makes countless millions weep.

Ann Massey
Author of:
The White Amah, a mystery set against the backdrop of the timber logging industry in Malaysia. Sample or purchase:
The Biocide Conspiracy, a Young Adult thriller that sweeps readers into the world of biowarfare. Sample or purchase;

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