Last Days On Earth - Chapter 23

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Chapter 23

Chapter 23: P4 Biological Laboratory (1)

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The Wuhan Research Institute of Virology is one of the twelve branches of the Chinese Academy of Sciences .

A pair of a young man and woman stood in the dressing area wearing heavy virology protective outfit . This sort of protective outfit made of PP non-woven fabric and variety of other previous materials prevented any sorts of bacteria and viruses from penetrating through .

Moreover, resistance to liquid corrosion, and sturdy durability was a plus .

After the two dressed themselves fully, they checked each other’s clothing once more .

Wuhan Research Institute of Virology was the only research facility in China with a P4 (Pathogen Level or Protection Level 4) Biological Laboratory . This laboratory is equipped with special air ventilation system . The temperature and humidity entering the laboratory are pre-set, and the filtering degrees reaches 99 . 999% . It ensures the the air circulates many times in an hour in the whole environment . A directional negative pressure system is used in the laboratory . The pressure system in the core area reaches a negative 40 PA (Pascal) . The flow of air in the laboratory can only come in through a high efficiency filter which ensure the air in the laboratory does not flow outward .

Though this is still only seen on the surface . There are more isolation barrier and means of preventing the spread of infection layers after layers when conducting volatile experiments .

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The man took a black magnetic card in his hand and placed it on the induction area . Soon, the semi-circular door in front of him appeared . The man and woman entered and they fell down . There were ten such iron gated door . Only the lowest floor needed an electro magnetic card whereas the other seven had an interlocking device .

The two people passed through and entered the outdoor dressing room, into the underwear dressing room, filter area, and into the buffer zone . Padding through the disinfection area, they headed towards the chemical shower disinfection where they’d spent nearly three minutes . Ones finished, they’d finally enter the core area .

Greeting them was an infected in good health lying quietly on the operating table . His chest was slightly undulating and the steel ring around his ankles and limbs locked him to death, unable to move . Above him was a transparent glass cover . Unless pierced by a heavy round of bullet, there would be nothing able to penetrate it .

“Grade IV researcher, Dr . Chu Hai, specializing in biological science and engineering will now conduct the twenty-fifth excitement on the infected accompanied by researcher, Bai Xiaoxiao . ” The man named Chu Hai said a word to the computer . He clicked on the mouse, entered and string of password, and put his glasses on the bridge of his nose .

The screen display showed a video recording from the man’s lens . The lens of the glasses had the ability to input external information which was no different from a regular camera .

Though he’d seen those horrific monsters a few dozen times, the fear in his heart lingered . What happened that man turned into something like this? Chu Hai had seen countless infected by the virus . There were swollen parts of their body festering with pale cracked skin and bulging circles no different from a pimple . Even their face was no longer recognizable . Though the most important thing was their zombie-like nature .

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How tragic .

When human beings create a civilization to fight against the laws of nature, they end up creating a terrible monster that not only destroys the world they once knew, but also themselves .

Survival of the fittest seemed to be playing at its core foundation .

Chu Hai is also certain this sort of virus was not a manifestation of the laws of nature but a change in ecological balance .

In regards to the theory of biological evolution, all evolution is natural, conforming to natural principles . For example, if a fish can’t stay in the water, they need to go ashore . After decades, even centuries of evolution, there would be a few submarine species who’d evolved a respiratory system . Albeit strange, it is logical and conforming .

But this virus can never be used as the “biochemical weapon” created by nature to reduce human beings .

It’s highly volatile and infectious . When bitten, the infected host will spread the virus through the bloodstream . When the virus enters the body, it’ll quickly assimilate and pollute all the cells in the human body .

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You’ll grow weaker and weaker until the virus enters your brain cells . You’ll enter a short period of false death, then suddenly, the virus will produce its own cells ten times faster than the regular cell you’re born with .

You’re no longer controlled by your muscles but rather the cerebral’s simple consciousness . For example, when a normal person injures himself, the brain sends out a signal to tend and care for the injury . The muscle moves . But now, even if you’ve a piece of missing flesh from your thighs, your body would not do anything . It longer needs energy from the body .

This terrible thing, no one can escape from it . It’s everywhere, all over the world . How could something like nature create this virus? Impossible .

Bai Xiaoxiao pushed the shelf to the side of the operating table . She’d just finished disinfecting all the necessary instruments and placed them in order . She looked at her teacher’s eyes, her eyes slightly fanatical and brimming with fear .

“Life activity: forty percent… No fluctuations in the heart lung, body energy, and brain . Pupils are scattered and still retain the aggressive virus in the body . It’s not been killed . ” Chu Hai looked at the display screen .

Bai Xiaoxiao quickly recorded the data with paper and pen . Though they were video data, the two always recorded two copies for safety caution .

At last, he turned his head and stared at the infected struggling to break free .

He sighed deeply . “No . 6 antibody… failed . ”

The infected corpse needs not any body energy thus need not the use of oxygen . The reason why it’s bosom rose up and down was due to biological instinct . After all, man was born with this movement whether they know it or not . If the lobe of the lungs or respiratory tract is damaged, the only difference is that they do not breathe .

“Next, I will begin sampling . ” The infected slammed its head . It opened its mouth and rotten smell filled the air . Chu Hai grabbed a knife and tweezer and approached the infected’s arm .

“Arghh!” The infected struggled fiercely, strongly expressing its discontent and longing for flesh .

Chu Hai’s expression did not change . He turned a deaf ear and remained steady calm as usual . He turned the knife over and cut a small flesh on the infected’s arm, placing it on the metallic dish thereafter . Without the blood flowing through the veins, the blood dried out, it’s skin dry and coagulated . At once, this infected accounted 70% of water in its human body . Now, except for the water locked in the cerebral tissues, all source of water found in the body is gone .

The infected felt no pain as the knife pierced its skin . It remained emotionless . No signs of intense pain was shown .

Chu Hai had looked at this virus for a long while already . It won’t be long before he’s able to understand its composition and structure .

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