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A Modest Proposal

Greg Tobin tobin at fcs260c.ncifcrf.gov
Tue Sep 20 13:22:27 EST 1994

After reading this post, I understood why the author wishes to remain
anonymous!  Talk about a dangerous idea!

For those that missed the post in question, the author wants to crate
a recombinant virus (RSV?) that will immunize females against sperm
proteins.  Supposedly, their immune systems would then neutralize sperm
and prevent fertilization.  The virus would be spread by aerosol and effect
would be evident within one generation.

1.	Although over-population is a real problem, underpopulation could
	also hurt the global society.
2.	Virus would need to constantly replicate to induce enough sperm-
	specific IgA in the vaginal canal.
3.	The pupetrators would have a great deal of control over where the 
	infection starts, etc. and who would first be immunized against
	the vector.
4.	Immunization against the vector would defeat the purpose.  This would 
	be done in developed countries within a few years of discovering
	the crime.  Thus this is a formula for reducing the population of
	the _developing_ world only.  If this is reprehensible, then here
	is another problem!

Greg Tobin, Ph.D.                        tobin at lcms-1.ncifcrf.gov
PO Box B
Frederick, MD 21702

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