Recent news from the Centers For Disease Control and the National Institute of Health has sent newsrooms around the world into a frenzy, predicting the end of the human race at our own hands. Live smallpox cultures were discovered in a decades old storage unit, posing a severe threat to anyone exposed and the possibility of an outbreak. Improper handling of anthrax cultures and the virulent bird flu virus led to a nationwide closure of all CDC and NIH labs until a full audit of the methods and procedures for both agencies is completed. But one scientist has an unusually upbeat take on these revelations of our ineptitude at what is thought to be the highest level of scientific security. Clyde Frommage, a spokesman for the CDC’s Bethesda, Maine regional laboratory has gone on the record for the graduated exposure of the public to these and other agents as a way to build genetic immunity for the race. “Just as an undiscovered tribe, like the recent Amazon peoples in Brazil, are at the mercy of decimation[AMAZONPRODUCTS asin=”B00149VP14″] by a whole panoply of common diseases that the civilized world is immune to,” Frommage said, “we, as a race are subject to extinction if we are not allowed to naturally develop immunities to these and other pathogens.”
Frommage went on to explain that it’s not just smallpox, anthrax and the various new strains of the flu virus that we would benefit from limited exposure and adaptation to, but a wide range of hazardous materials and toxins, including the newly developed compounds that are part of the nano-technology sciences, like fullerenes and other carbon compounds. “With modern medical techniques and the advances we have made in early diagnosis and treatment, the nightmare scenarios that have been predicted are unlikely to take place.” Frommage says. “We should learn from the lessons culled from the prevalent overuse of antibiotics in the early sixties and seventies, where, instead of our bodies adapting to the diseases, it was the microbes that adapted to the medications.”
Frommage made his comments at the Aspen Institute, a think tank held every summer in Aspen, Colorado for leaders in technology and other fields.