While it might be depressing to watch, I would encourage everyone to see the movie called Contagion (the 2011 version). A movie that chronicles a mutant flu bug that is spread mostly by contact with surfaces like doorknobs, railings and what not. In the course of the 106 minute show, the viewer is given a pretty realistic example of, not so much the influenza bug, but rather of the kind of panic that can result when large segments of a population become sick all at the same time. Indeed, studies have shown that the chaos that could result, can often be more deadly than the disease itself!
moratorium while they ponder the implications of publishing the technique in which this horrific mutation was accomplished. Ideally, they have said they would like to inform other interested parties (Al Quaida comes to mind), all around the world, as to the exact procedure for producing a flu that could take out hundreds of millions in just a few short months! And do it, by the way, in a setting that even Dante would have been proud of.