DID WE LEARN NOTHING FROM THE LAST TWO YEARS?
World: [Plunged into chaos by engineered virus that escaped lab.]
Scientists: "Let's make the virus even more deadly!"
US researchers have developed a new lethal Covid strain in a laboratory – echoing the type of experiments many fear started the pandemic.
The mutant variant — which is a hybrid of Omicron and the original Wuhan virus — killed 80 percent of mice infected with it at Boston University.
When a similar group of rodents were exposed to the standard Omicron strain, however, they all survived and only experienced 'mild' symptoms.
The scientists also infected human cells with the hybrid variant and found it was five times more infectious than Omicron. This suggests the man-made virus might be the most contagious form yet.
It will no doubt surprise many Americans that such experiments continue to go on in the US despite concerns similar studies may have led to the global Covid outbreak.
You'd think we'd be smarter than this.
But nope, humanity is gonna Follow The Science™ straight into killing itself off.
(Jesus, please come back soon.)
In the new research, which has not been peer-reviewed, a team of researchers from Boston and Florida extracted Omicron's spike protein — the unique structure that binds to and invades human cells.
Writing in the paper, they said: ‘In...mice, while Omicron causes mild, non-fatal infection, the Omicron S-carrying virus inflicts severe disease with a mortality rate of 80 percent.'
They said it signaled that while the spike protein is responsible for infectivity, changes to other parts of its structure determine its deadliness.
The scientists also looked at the different strains' effect on human lung cells that were grown in the lab.
They found that the original Covid strain produced the high levels of infectious virus particles, and the new hybrid strain produced five times more infectious particles than Omicron.
The scientists admit the hybrid virus would be unlikely to be as deadly in real humans as it was in mice.
Yes, very reassuring.
Just like novel bat coronavirus were never gonna cause any major problems in people.
Isn't it amazing?
The Daily Mail ends with this:
Here's some straight proof that there is a God:
Between nukes and lab-grown viruses, the human race should have killed itself off a hundred times in the last century alone. The fact that we are still here and that most of us get to enjoy things like ice cream and sunsets despite our insane stupidity and hubris is proof that the Almighty loves us and cares for us.
(But Lord, please come back soon...)