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The Zero Day Scenario

Written by  JIM SHARP

It’s happening right now in clandestine labs around the world: an old warehouse in an abandoned industrial park in Russia, a government-supported facility in North Korea, maybe even the basement of an unremarkable house in a working-class St. Louis neighborhood. The outward appearance doesn’t matter, nor does the location. Inside the building is some of the best technology money can buy, and the people are skilled and proficient at what they do. Are they trying to create the next synthetic “designer” drug? Are they some off-the-grid genetics lab engaged in unregulated research, or terrorists developing a bio-weapon? These people are (hypothetically, of course) developing a pathogen of sorts, an extremely virulent pathogen. Once it is released it has the potential to infect nearly 100 percent of the systems to which it is introduced, and as is the case with many novel infections, this one will run wild until we find