If this is the source of the breakout we're seeing right now then ,(in my mind) there are a few reasons. 1. To secure more funding and to establish a precedent for this sort of controversial research. 2. Accidental release due to failure to adhere to laboratory safety standards. 3. Accidental release due to the virality of said virus despite following proper laboratory safety standards aka the virus jumped into a human host anyway and it was unknown. 4. Thining of the population... I hate to think that this one is a choice but history has had some radical individuals. 5. Radical idealist hell bent on WWIII or world domination ala Thanos style: killing for the greater good of humanity.
I personally think it's a combination of 1 and 3. I just hope I survive but if it's truly uncontrollable, I probably won't make it with my compromised immune system. :(
So wait, am I reading it right when the guy says that without the research, we would have considered the virus as non-threatening because we'd believe it needs to adapt traits to gain hold in humans and the study shows it's already done that.... But the only reason it's done that is because of the study?
Interesting article, terrible title. Why the fuck would they infect their own population. There’s been maybe 10 infections outside of China. Even if it was engineered releasing it would still have been an accident, unless their goal was to reduce the Chinese population.
Research on the likelyhood of dangerous pathogens to affect humans in the future involves creating them. On one hand, we could be prepared for the next big plague. On the other hand, it could get out of our hands.