Though the idea that government researchers will accidentally cause a zombie outbreak is arguably overplayed in the movies, recent findings suggest it might also be right on the nose. New Scientist Magazine reports that a planned bio-lab funded by the United States is almost guaranteed to result in disaster.
Foot-and-mouth disease is a highly contagious, often fatal viral threat that infects animals such as cattle, sheep, pigs, bison and deer. It can be devastating to livestock and wild herds if left unchecked.
The government’s own estimates suggest that their proposed lab has a 70 percent chance of accidentally leaking the virus, causing up to $50 billion in damage. But even that isn’t enough to kill the project. Now the National Academy of Science (NAS) says the risk is much higher. Academy Member, Jack Roth, explains:
“When the virus that causes FMD escapes, it’s likely it will reach distances far away before we knew it escaped.”
NAS goes on to claim that the Homeland Security analysis IS incomplete and utterly failS to learn from 15 other past catastrophic accidents, almost ensuring future disaster.
The weight of the evidence makes is difficult not to think that before too long irresponsible research and incompetent safety strategies will lead to the end of the world.