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Animal Passages & Biological Warfare: Bioengineering in the Days Before Recombinant DNA

Updated: Dec 16, 2023

By: A. W. Finnegan

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It is rather amusing to see scientists writing pieces for major media outlets to dispel the idea that Lyme disease could have been a biological weapon, using the argument that genetic engineering technology was not yet available to have weaponized the Lyme disease spirochete. In my recently published book, The Sleeper Agent: The Rise of Lyme Disease, Chronic Illness, and the Great Imitator Antigens of Biological Warfare, using scientific evidence, I walk the reader through the history of stealth biological weapons that target the immune system, including Lyme disease, and I show the reader how genetic engineering was done by running the agent through certain animals in repeated sequences called serial passages for bioengineering, which became a fine art for Erich Traub.

The book mainly centers around the German virologist and bioweaponeer, Dr. Erich Traub. In the book, I demonstrate the evidence and link the Lyme disease spirochete (Borrelia burgdorferi) directly to Traub and his colleagues. I show how it reached the United States through British Intelligence and Erich Traub’s employment under Operation Paperclip. I walk the reader through the process once Traub was in possession of the avian spirochete (Spirochaeta gallinarum) in 1939, and weaponized it into what later became Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi).

Modern genetic bioengineering technology (Recombinant DNA) was absolutely not necessary in the days of World War II, the selective animal passages were far more reliable and effective, and left no trace of tampering with recombinant DNA technologies. This is still true today. Running the disease agent through certain animals in repeated sequences eventually mutated the agent and brought it new properties that took to certain tissues or organs, with many additional applications. Sometimes Traub would adapt certain agents to new species of animals so that it could be used to spread the disease more thoroughly in the environment. He had very reliable methods to change the properties of any agent to a desired end, and it was all done without modern genetic bioengineering technologies.

For example, mouse passages raised the neurotropic effects of any agent, mutating its properties to take more thoroughly to the central nervous system and brain and caused serious neurologic disease. Egg passages were also used and could adapt disease agents to humans through the similarity of the bird and human mucosal immune system.

These methods were a fine art for bioweaponeers like Erich Traub, and it is the reason why veterinarians were the best bioweaponeers and why animal disease was such a critical area to make new human pathogens. Even today, animal passages for bioengineering are the preferred method in making biological weapons through gain-of-function research.

Using animal passages, any biological agent could be enhanced with bioengineering to become a dangerous man-made weapon passing the disease through certain animals in a lab, like, for example, using ferrets to raise the virulence of influenza, and the end result would appear to have been a natural event in wild animals (ferrets), even though these “wild animals” were caged in a lab and being used to change the properties of a biological agent.

Therefore, many of the arguments on whether a disease agent was engineered by man or nature are often written off as a natural event by saying that it came from animals without considering that the animals could have been used and directed in a lab setting.

Those developing effective biological weapons know that recombinant DNA technology leaves footprints while selective animal passages directed to a desired end would be untraceable and appear as a natural event in animals, giving plausible deniability to the agent and the attacking nation. So, therefore, even today, biological weapons are not even done using recombinant DNA technology, but rather through selective animal passages, not only because it is more reliable but also because it can be written off as a zoonosis, or a natural event in the wild.

Learn more of this story and its diabolical art and educate yourself on the means and methods of a brutal form of warfare, biological warfare. Buy your copy of The Sleeper Agent: The Rise of Lyme Disease, Chronic Illness, and the Great Imitator Antigens of Biological Warfare, and begin your initiation into the esoteric history of biological weapons. Not only do I cover the weaponization of Lyme disease, but many other disease agents developed and used in covert bioterrorism against the West, a story that has been buried into obscurity, until now…


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