Bill Gates took the time to speak on something overly intense at the Royal United Services Institute in London. This threat could be much more dangerous than any nuclear attack.
Mr. Gates has done lots of questionable things in the past that I am sure you are aware of. However, this is something a bit different. Gates spoke out about the possibility of a lethal outbreak of a respiratory virus like smallpox and the threat it poses. The Telegraph says that according to Gates it is more important now than ever to monitor foreign countries for this in order to prevent a global tragedy.
“All these advances in biology have made it far easier for a terrorist to recreate smallpox, which is a highly fatal pathogen, where there is essentially no immunity remaining at this point.
“When you are thinking about things that could cause in excess of 10 million deaths, even something tragic like a nuclear weapons incident wouldn’t get to that level. So the greatest risk is from a natural epidemic or an intentionally caused infection bioterrorism events.
“Whether the next epidemic is unleashed by a quirk of nature or the hand of terrorist, scientists say a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year. So the world does need to think about this.”
You see, it has become increasingly easier for backyard scientists to make dangerous genetically modified organisms and release them into the environment because the material to make them with is available for purchase online. Chemistry kits that allow genetic editing can be bought relatively cheap and put to use. A technique called CRISPR works like genetic scissors and allows people to cut away DNA codes and replace them with new genes.
While it was considered a scientific breakthrough, in the beginning, it is now putting fear into many as it could be reaching the wrong hands. Because of how often people travel in this modern day and age any sort of GM pathogen could be everywhere in a matter of little time. Gates warns any future pandemic could be more deadly than the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1919 that killed around 100 million people. This is truly terrifying, now whether this sort of thing comes from ‘terrorists’ or not doesn’t make it any less of a threat. With WW3 well on its way could this we the new warfare we have to deal with?