The "rage virus" is a fictitious disease that's accidentally released and goes airborne infecting millions. This delightful scenario is the focus of the cult film hit "28 Days Later."
Not likely to happen, but...
Virtually all virologists agree that two disparate viruses such as rabies and influenza could swap genetic material in a recombinant way. Although they assure everyone that such an event is unheard of, some recall the strange episode of the Swine flu outbreak that seemed to have genetic markers of swine flu, avian flu and a third type not easily identified. At the time, the strangeness of the virus led some biologists to wonder aloud if it had escaped from a bio-warfare laboratory.
Genetically engineered zombie viruses
Experts admit creating such a monstrous thing is possible. But they hurry to qualify that admission with assurances that creating such a hybrid would be a monumental task.
Andreansky postulates in the documentary about the possibility of genetically engineering a viral zombie pandemic.
"Sure, I could imagine a scenario where you mix rabies with a flu virus to get airborne transmission," she says, "a measles virus to get personality changes, the encephalitis virus to cook your brain with fever and throw in the Ebola virus to cause you to bleed from your guts."
Truly insane. Who would ever initiate a bio-engineering project like that?
"Combine all these things," she continues,"and you'll [create] something like a zombie virus."
Again, who in their right mind would ever fund a bio-engineering project like that?
Original Helium.com article.
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