Dutch Researcher Creates A Super-Influenza Virus With The Potential To Kill Half the World’s Population

H5N1 VirusesVia DoctorTipster.com:

A Dutch researcher has created a virus with the potential to kill half of the planet’s population. Now, researchers and experts in bioterrorism debate whether it is a good idea to publish the virus creation ”recipe”. However, several voices argue that such research should have not happened in the first place.

The virus is a strain of avian influenza H5N1 genetically modified to be extremely contagious. It was created by researcher Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, Netherlands. The work was first presented at a conference dedicated to influenza, that took place in September in Malta.

Avian influenza emerged in Asia about 10 years ago. Since then there were fewer than 600 infection cases reported in humans. On the other hand, Fouchier’s genetically modified strain is extremely contagious and dangerous, killing about 50% of infected patients. The former strain did not represent a global threat, as transmission from human to human is rare. Or, at least, it was before Fouchier genetically modified it.

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114 Comments on "Dutch Researcher Creates A Super-Influenza Virus With The Potential To Kill Half the World’s Population"

  1. Well, isn’t that special.

  2. Well, isn’t that special.

  3. Anonymous | Dec 1, 2011 at 4:33 am |

    Granted it’s a scary thing to have around, but isn’t it better that someone learns about how to defeat something like this in a lab now as opposed to when it happens out here? Besides, he’s a Dutchman what could go wrong?

  4. dumbsaint | Dec 1, 2011 at 12:33 am |

    Granted it’s a scary thing to have around, but isn’t it better that someone learns about how to defeat something like this in a lab now as opposed to when it happens out here? Besides, he’s a Dutchman what could go wrong?

  5. Anonymous | Dec 1, 2011 at 4:35 am |

    I’m so proud to be of Dutch heritage. Or I would be if the headline ended with “and holds the world ransom”

    Actually no, I’d be even more proud if he just let the virus go for the lulz.

  6. I’m so proud to be of Dutch heritage. Or I would be if the headline ended with “and holds the world ransom”

    Actually no, I’d be even more proud if he just let the virus go for the lulz.

  7. Anonymous | Dec 1, 2011 at 4:36 am |

    Full Disclosure.

  8. VarmintReaper | Dec 1, 2011 at 12:36 am |

    Full Disclosure.

  9. Why would you WANT to genetically modify it to be contagious?!  Niet lekker!

  10. Why would you WANT to genetically modify it to be contagious?!  Niet lekker!

  11. DeepCough | Dec 1, 2011 at 5:32 am |

    I get the feeling this was gonna happen sooner or later–you know, “Sustainable Development” and all.

  12. DeepCough | Dec 1, 2011 at 1:32 am |

    I get the feeling this was gonna happen sooner or later–you know, “Sustainable Development” and all.

  13. Simiantongue | Dec 1, 2011 at 5:36 am |

    “Besides, he’s a Dutchman what could go wrong?”

    Sabotage, etymology- It may have derived from the Netherlands in the 15th century when workers would throw their sabots (wooden shoes) into the wooden gears of the textile looms to break the cogs, fearing the automated machines would render the human workers obsolete.

    Dutch have a rep I guess. I knew that Star Trek education would come in handy some day. 

  14. It’s okay we’ll just send Bruce Willis back in time to find the 12 Monkeys.

  15. DrDavidKelly | Dec 1, 2011 at 1:38 am |

    It’s okay we’ll just send Bruce Willis back in time to find the 12 Monkeys.

  16. Markymark | Dec 1, 2011 at 6:36 am |

    And let me guess only one person( sorry , corporation ) holds the cure to it.  My first question would be who were these so called ‘patients’. I seriously doubt they were volunteers.  Second the surviving members of the Japanese Unit 731 would be proud.  Someone achieved what they wanted to create 60 years ago.  And What perfect timing, With OWS crowds getting bigger they can now be handled swiftly and decisively.  Aint there already some kind of flu bug going around most of those camps anyway. 

  17. Markymark | Dec 1, 2011 at 2:36 am |

    And let me guess only one person( sorry , corporation ) holds the cure to it.  My first question would be who were these so called ‘patients’. I seriously doubt they were volunteers.  Second the surviving members of the Japanese Unit 731 would be proud.  Someone achieved what they wanted to create 60 years ago.  And What perfect timing, With OWS crowds getting bigger they can now be handled swiftly and decisively.  Aint there already some kind of flu bug going around most of those camps anyway. 

  18. Anonymous | Dec 1, 2011 at 6:43 am |

    We made slavery a thing too. umad?

    Fucking up the world for profit ever since we realized how to do it.

  19. Anonymous | Dec 1, 2011 at 6:43 am |

    We made slavery a thing too. umad?

    Fucking up the world for profit ever since we realized how to do it.

  20. again, really? | Dec 1, 2011 at 8:12 am |

    your not a very interesting troll, just quit already

  21. Anonymous | Dec 1, 2011 at 8:15 am |

    Honest opinion lady. I want to see mankind reduced to sobbing wrecks pleading for death.

    We all have our kinks.

  22. You mean like HIV and AIDS?

  23. Clever Screenname | Dec 1, 2011 at 8:56 am |

    You first.  

  24. It's inevitable | Dec 1, 2011 at 9:05 am |

    I say turn it loose, the environment is in trouble, and radical changes are needed to save mankind. You will either die, which doesn’t seem so bad the way things are looking, or live and have a lot more room, cleaner air to breath, and less polluted water. Kind of like a lottery.

  25. It's inevitable | Dec 1, 2011 at 5:05 am |

    I say turn it loose, the environment is in trouble, and radical changes are needed to save mankind. You will either die, which doesn’t seem so bad the way things are looking, or live and have a lot more room, cleaner air to breath, and less polluted water. Kind of like a lottery.

    • the biocentric in me agrees, wipe us out. but i still cling to my feeble hope that humanity will evolve  🙁

      • In favor of mass genocide eh? You’re a wonderful, ethical human being.

        • Anarchy Pony | Dec 1, 2011 at 1:06 pm |

          Yeah, because human lives are totally worth so much more than every other living thing on earth. Get over yourself.

          • Are you serious | Dec 1, 2011 at 1:34 pm |

            I would have to say YES! Yes, we are worth much more than every other living thing on earth. WTF were you thinking when you wrote that? 

            WE ARE SUPERIOR BEINGS, period. 

            When cows make it to the moon, ill give what you said a second thought.. Get over yourself.

          • tooCents | Dec 1, 2011 at 1:55 pm |

            I’m happy to agree with you that You aren’t worth more than a rat and if you have children and a wife, they aren’t either.

            If there is a god (doubt it but) if there is a god people like you are the reason it doesn’t talk to us anymore.

             

        • haha, no.

    • the biocentric in me agrees, wipe us out. but i still cling to my feeble hope that humanity will evolve  🙁

    • Monkey See Monkey Do | Dec 1, 2011 at 6:32 am |

      That’s what the elites are planning anyway. Now they have machines that they can use to replace the human machine model (ie: assembly lines, slavery).

    • Heh, and I say KILL YOURSELF first and well first your family and friends and then yourself. 

    • undomesticated primate | Dec 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm |

      eye spy useful idiots unwittingly helping the elite by giving into total cynicism and apathy and letting their spirits be broken. methinks some agent provocateurs are sure to be here in the mix as well (though some might be unaware of their position)

  26. Camron Wiltshire | Dec 1, 2011 at 9:06 am |

    I remember hearing about this discovery on infowars a little more than a week ago
    http://www.infowars.com/scientists-weaponize-bird-flu-consider-releasing-results-to-create-bioweapon/

    Do you guys remember the scientist (Joseph Moshe) who was picked up in the middle of LA traffic by a swat team for his connection to exposing Baxter Pharmaceutical’s own tinkering with pandora’s box about a year plus ago?  

    The Ukraine Flu epidemic etc, from our recent past, it seems as though they are leaking the reality of these superbugs by and by, perhaps predictive programming?  Combining 5 different resistant mutations to every known drug for Bird Flu is so incomprehenisibly stupid and fucked.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foXnGJy39f0  << What do you think of this video?

    And here is a little more from this recent episode in potential cataclysmic bioterrorism.

    http://disinfo.com/2009/11/spanish-doctor-reveals-important-information-about-swine-flu/

  27. I remember hearing about this discovery on infowars a little more than a week ago
    http://www.infowars.com/scientists-weaponize-bird-flu-consider-releasing-results-to-create-bioweapon/

    Do you guys remember the scientist (Joseph Moshe) who was picked up in the middle of LA traffic by a swat team for his connection to exposing Baxter Pharmaceutical’s own tinkering with pandora’s box about a year plus ago?  

    The Ukraine Flu epidemic etc, from our recent past, it seems as though they are leaking the reality of these superbugs by and by, perhaps predictive programming?  Combining 5 different resistant mutations to every known drug for Bird Flu is so incomprehenisibly stupid and fucked.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foXnGJy39f0  << What do you think of this video?

    And here is a little more from this recent episode in potential cataclysmic bioterrorism.

    http://www.disinfo.com/2009/11/spanish-doctor-reveals-important-information-about-swine-flu/

  28. Anonymous | Dec 1, 2011 at 9:08 am |

    All things must end. So, you whenever.

  29. the biocentric in me agrees, wipe us out. but i still cling to my feeble hope that humanity will evolve  🙁

  30. Monkey See Monkey Do | Dec 1, 2011 at 10:32 am |

    That’s what the elites are planning anyway. Now they have machines that they can use to replace the human machine model (ie: assembly lines, slavery).

  31. Lmnop_nis | Dec 1, 2011 at 2:31 pm |

    Captain Tripps here we come. Next stop the Stand.

  32. Lmnop_nis | Dec 1, 2011 at 10:31 am |

    Captain Tripps here we come. Next stop the Stand.

    • Haystack | Dec 1, 2011 at 8:55 pm |

      I’d rather die of the virus than watch that movie again. 

      • Lmnop_nis | Dec 3, 2011 at 2:43 am |

        Try reading the book. That’s how it was supposed to be taken in. Hollywood always screws up good books.

  33. Anonymous | Dec 1, 2011 at 4:07 pm |

    I hate you scumbags that say things in favor of unleashing a deadly virus that will kill millions, maybe billions.

    FUCK YOU you sick, twisted little sack of shit. KILL YOURSELF FIRST -AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS (if you have any)

  34. Anonymous | Dec 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm |

    Heh, and I say KILL YOURSELF first and well first your family and friends and then yourself. 

  35. Anonymous | Dec 1, 2011 at 4:09 pm |

    In favor of mass genocide eh? You’re a wonderful, ethical human being.

  36. FreddyMac | Dec 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm |

    fuck it, release it, humans are a plague, and animals are worth more, we should be the ones who are made extinct

  37. Anonymous | Dec 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm |

    You’re going to be, in all likely hood, one of the dying pieces of crap. Hush now and go back to listening to Megadeath or whatever it is you wank to

  38. FreddyMac | Dec 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm |

    fuck it, release it, humans are a plague, and animals are worth more, we should be the ones who are made extinct

  39. undomesticated primate | Dec 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm |

    eye spy useful idiots unwittingly helping the elite by giving into total cynicism and apathy and letting their spirits be broken. methinks some agent provocateurs are sure to be here in the mix as well (though some might be unaware of their position)

  40. Anarchy Pony | Dec 1, 2011 at 5:06 pm |

    Yeah, because human lives are totally worth so much more than every other living thing on earth. Get over yourself.

  41. Anarchy Pony | Dec 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm |

    It’s only a matter of time before one of these things gets out, or, an actual natural plague gets on the move, and the higher the human population gets, the more likely a naturally evolved pandemic will start running wild.

  42. Anarchy Pony | Dec 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm |

    It’s only a matter of time before one of these things gets out, or, an actual natural plague gets on the move, and the higher the human population gets, the more likely a naturally evolved pandemic will start running wild.

  43. Anarchy Pony | Dec 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm |

    It’s only a matter of time before one of these things gets out, or, an actual natural plague gets on the move, and the higher the human population gets, the more likely a naturally evolved pandemic will start running wild.

  44. Are you serious | Dec 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm |

    I would have to say YES! Yes, we are worth much more than every other living thing on earth. WTF were you thinking when you wrote that? 

    WE ARE SUPERIOR BEINGS, period. 

    When cows make it to the moon, ill give what you said a second thought.. Get over yourself.

  45. Anonymous | Dec 1, 2011 at 5:55 pm |

    I’m happy to agree with you that You aren’t worth more than a rat and if you have children and a wife, they aren’t either.

    If there is a god (doubt it but) if there is a god people like you are the reason it doesn’t talk to us anymore.

     

  46. We (humans, like you) are animals.

  47. DESTROY THIS PLANET!!

  48. DESTROY THIS PLANET!!

  49. DESTROY THIS PLANET!!

  50. It;s inevitable | Dec 1, 2011 at 8:46 pm |

    Hate me all you want hypocrite, it won’t put the genie back in the bottle.

  51. haha, no.

  52. Anonymous | Dec 1, 2011 at 11:56 pm |

     I don’t see how I’m being hypocritical….?

    Look, wanting it to happen and believing it will inevitably happen, two different.. ya know.

  53. Anonymous | Dec 1, 2011 at 11:58 pm |

    Only the ‘biocentric’ part of you, you said. I know. 

  54. Gioscolase | Dec 2, 2011 at 12:36 am |

    I WILL SURVIVE OOHHH OHHHH!!! 

  55. Gioscolase | Dec 1, 2011 at 8:36 pm |

    I WILL SURVIVE OOHHH OHHHH!!! 

  56. I’d rather die of the virus than watch that movie again. 

  57. Because you know it’s always a good idea to create something that can kill half the world’s population.

  58. Because you know it’s always a good idea to create something that can kill half the world’s population.

    • tooCents | Dec 2, 2011 at 9:10 pm |

      That’s what a lot of these people think. So the morally outraged friends of the planet that hate evil war and capitalism’s exploiting humans are in favor of unleashing a virus that will kill millions. How so easily moral outrage slips right into immorality!

      • gwen jackson | Dec 3, 2011 at 7:35 am |

        and…when… YOU… start morally advocating death of anyone who disagrees with you, it’s not “morality slipping into immorality” because… oh, wait, it IS.
        Face it, you despise humanity as much as the rest of us do.
        Look how you flip your fucking lid anytime anyone disagrees with you–you’ve got real fucking problems.
        won’t you love it when everyone is dead of freak-flu and no one can disagree with you? but YOU won’t die. because YOU’RE right. 

  59. It's inevitable | Dec 2, 2011 at 5:39 am |

    If it was let loose now, we would all have an equal chance.

  60. Anonymous | Dec 2, 2011 at 10:17 am |

    Imagine that. I will die.

    I’m stunned.

  61. Anonymous | Dec 2, 2011 at 1:40 pm |

    Ah life! No one makes it out alive. 

  62. BigRed125 | Dec 3, 2011 at 12:57 am |

    Dude I think somebody needs to take a chill pill.  Everyone has a right to their ideas and opinions…but telling people to go kill themselves and calling them scumbags, because they conflict with your own opinions is just childish.  Grow up.  Oh also everyone lives and everyone dies.  Its a fact.  It will happen sooner or later.  If this wipes out half the human population….well the planet was just saved because its become overpopulated.  Overpopulation puts out more carbon dioxide than the planet can handle.  For the longest time our planets population was on in the millions (around 250 million).  With medical, agricultural, and other advances our population as of today is estimated to be somewhere around 7 BILLION.  Thats why some of these people are saying this.  Not because they want the meaningless death of billions of people, but because if we don’t thin out the heard now our planet, our home is gonna go to hell.

  63. BigRed125 | Dec 3, 2011 at 12:57 am |

    Dude I think somebody needs to take a chill pill.  Everyone has a right to their ideas and opinions…but telling people to go kill themselves and calling them scumbags, because they conflict with your own opinions is just childish.  Grow up.  Oh also everyone lives and everyone dies.  Its a fact.  It will happen sooner or later.  If this wipes out half the human population….well the planet was just saved because its become overpopulated.  Overpopulation puts out more carbon dioxide than the planet can handle.  For the longest time our planets population was on in the millions (around 250 million).  With medical, agricultural, and other advances our population as of today is estimated to be somewhere around 7 BILLION.  Thats why some of these people are saying this.  Not because they want the meaningless death of billions of people, but because if we don’t thin out the heard now our planet, our home is gonna go to hell.

  64. Anonymous | Dec 3, 2011 at 1:04 am |

    The first line especially but the whole post is one of the most absurd and dumbest responses I’ve ever seen. You’re telling me all this while defending pro-genocide posts. Fuck yourself

  65. Anonymous | Dec 3, 2011 at 1:05 am |

    = chance? Ya think? So it’s democracy in action? Wonderful. Great idea

  66. Anonymous | Dec 3, 2011 at 1:10 am |

    That’s what a lot of these people think. So the morally outraged friends of the planet that hate evil war and capitalism’s exploiting humans are in favor of unleashing a virus that will kill millions. How so easily moral outrage slips right into immorality!

  67. Lmnop_nis | Dec 3, 2011 at 6:43 am |

    Try reading the book. That’s how it was supposed to be taken in. Hollywood always screws up good books.

  68. gwen jackson | Dec 3, 2011 at 11:18 am |

    wow, what a psycho.
    telling everybody what god thinks, telling people to kill themselves, cussing people out…BECAUSE HE’S ONE OF THE GOOD PEOPLE AND ALL YOU FUCKING SCUMBAGS NEED TO FUCK YOURSELVES AND DIE BECAUSE HE SAYS SO, SEE!! FUCK YOU!!!

    lol, wow.
    people really need to be wiped off the fucking planet already. starting with that guy.

  69. gwen jackson | Dec 3, 2011 at 11:21 am |

    roflmao, did he really just say he doesn’t see how he’s being hypocritical?!?!

  70. gwen jackson | Dec 3, 2011 at 11:25 am |

    let me guess… two people have pointed it out and you still don’t see how you’re being hypocritical, YOU FUCKING SCUMBAG?

    then you’re not a hypocrite, just a plain old idiot. i hope the flu only kills you.

  71. gwen jackson | Dec 3, 2011 at 11:28 am |

    so funny, the thought of humans dying infuriates you to such a frothy little frenzy… you’re such a perfect example of why this species can’t go extinct fast enough.

  72. gwen jackson | Dec 3, 2011 at 11:35 am |

    and…when… YOU… start morally advocating death of anyone who disagrees with you, it’s not “morality slipping into immorality” because… oh, wait, it IS.
    Face it, you despise humanity as much as the rest of us do.
    Look how you flip your fucking lid anytime anyone disagrees with you–you’ve got real fucking problems.
    won’t you love it when everyone is dead of freak-flu and no one can disagree with you? but YOU won’t die. because YOU’RE right. 

  73. look at dis hypocritical bitch….

  74. Anonymous | Dec 3, 2011 at 3:54 pm |

    Eat your feces 

  75. Anonymous | Dec 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm |

    You’re an asshole and probably stupid. I was responding to the posters that are in favor of unleashing a deadly virus that will kill millions. Fuck You is right. And you too bitch.

  76. Candlewaxperson | Dec 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm |

    I would be totally cool with cutting our population in half (or more) with a deadly disease.  It would only benefit the species and the planet in the long-term.  It’s better than a global nuclear war, which I still welcome.

  77. Candlewaxperson | Dec 7, 2011 at 11:00 am |

    I would be totally cool with cutting our population in half (or more) with a deadly disease.  It would only benefit the species and the planet in the long-term.  It’s better than a global nuclear war, which I still welcome.

  78. The whole Oil based American military Industrial Machine, worthless in the face of this new enemy! It cannot be threatened, shot to death, bombed out of existence, mounts no jet fighter squadrons, has no fields of tanks, no foot soldiers, no great battle-ships, no missiles, no bombers, no alliances, no floating armadas, no aircraft carriers, no denatured uranium weapons, not a single land mine, no cluster bombs, and kills all but the vaccinated, at no cost at all. Do we see here the final ‘MAD’ (mutually Assured Destruction)  weapon, the one that can turn mankind towards brotherhood, and mutually beneficial activities over war? Social planning in place of battle field strategies, organized birth control measures, humane theorems of sustainable survival over annihilations,  genocide, and mayhem?
    Will Americans pervert this into a tool of war? Genocidal sprayings of enemies? By troops well immune, vaccinated? Is this a solution or just the continuation of mankinds quest to extort from others, steal the products of the creative the working classes the poor, the down-trodden by the self appointed elitists?
    Christ never imagined such a world. He never mentioned the nuclear bombs, or this new influenza – Revelations speaks of horrendous end times. Will this and other diseases such as E-Bola, now stored in Bio-labs all over the world, be released in the final turmoil? Soon? By the Uber-Rich Elites?
    Can we look to the Rising Pan Eurasian Empire for a few more peaceful decades?Can we look to the ‘Controlled Demolition” of the U.S. Dollar by Asian financiers as a step towards world Peace? Will the consumption of 70% of the worlds resources by the U.S. mark a time of plenty for others? Some believe this is so. If they are wrong, only bad can follow.

  79. The whole Oil based American military Industrial Machine, worthless in the face of this new enemy! It cannot be threatened, shot to death, bombed out of existence, mounts no jet fighter squadrons, has no fields of tanks, no foot soldiers, no great battle-ships, no missiles, no bombers, no alliances, no floating armadas, no aircraft carriers, no denatured uranium weapons, not a single land mine, no cluster bombs, and kills all but the vaccinated, at no cost at all. Do we see here the final ‘MAD’ (mutually Assured Destruction)  weapon, the one that can turn mankind towards brotherhood, and mutually beneficial activities over war? Social planning in place of battle field strategies, organized birth control measures, humane theorems of sustainable survival over annihilations,  genocide, and mayhem?
    Will Americans pervert this into a tool of war? Genocidal sprayings of enemies? By troops well immune, vaccinated? Is this a solution or just the continuation of mankinds quest to extort from others, steal the products of the creative the working classes the poor, the down-trodden by the self appointed elitists?
    Christ never imagined such a world. He never mentioned the nuclear bombs, or this new influenza – Revelations speaks of horrendous end times. Will this and other diseases such as E-Bola, now stored in Bio-labs all over the world, be released in the final turmoil? Soon? By the Uber-Rich Elites?
    Can we look to the Rising Pan Eurasian Empire for a few more peaceful decades?Can we look to the ‘Controlled Demolition” of the U.S. Dollar by Asian financiers as a step towards world Peace? Will the consumption of 70% of the worlds resources by the U.S. mark a time of plenty for others? Some believe this is so. If they are wrong, only bad can follow.

  80. The Dutch also posses Anti-Virus Technology and just issued a 12 Hour Deadline; “The EU, US, China, Russia, Germany, India, Japan, and the entire planet will surrender to Dutch Control and be Assimilated into Dutch. Failure to Comply will result in Complete Virus Warfare Killing 60% or 4 Billion people on the Planet. We are the Dutch. Existence as you know it is over. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Resistance is futile.” End of Message.

  81. The Dutch also posses Anti-Virus Technology and just issued a 12 Hour Deadline; “The EU, US, China, Russia, Germany, India, Japan, and the entire planet will surrender to Dutch Control and be Assimilated into Dutch. Failure to Comply will result in Complete Virus Warfare Killing 60% or 4 Billion people on the Planet. We are the Dutch. Existence as you know it is over. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Resistance is futile.” End of Message.

  82. planet crime | Jun 7, 2012 at 8:01 pm |

    the world population is growing and the planet is over crowded and polluted there fore this will be used to kill a great population of the world for more room

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