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 THE DDB ZOMBIE ORIGIN STORY
GEORGE ROMERO
Posted: Feb 1 2012, 10:25 AM


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IN THE BEGINNING
All our lauded technological progress -- our very civilization - is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal.
- Albert Einstein



The story of the zombie virus and the subsequent apocalypse is actually two separate stories that collide with horrific consequences.


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PART ONE

At the turn of the century most academics referred to progress as the march of civilization and considered it to be in an upward swing. With advancements in technology, medicine, and psychological sciences improving the quality of everyday life at such a rapid pace there was little doubt in the minds of the public that things were in fact changing for the better.

But the tides change quickly.

At a certain point, one has to wonder if we as a society were actually moving forward or if we were taking two steps back with every new discovery and simply too blinded by our supposed progress to realize it.

A random chain of events that just so happened to create conditions rife for catastrophe caused everything to change in the blink of an eye. Beginning in the 1970s and ending with what was supposed to be one of the greatest scientific advancements of the 21st Century, the forward march of progress turned into the end of civilization as we knew it.

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Fall, 1971 - Dr. E. Fuller Torrey discovers a causal link between viral infections such as toxoplasmosis and neurological disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The parasite toxoplasmosa gondii is most commonly found in rats and cats but the intermediate host can be any mammal and is estimated to be carried by one third of the human population.

Fall, 1972 - DDT (short for dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane), a chemical originally used as an insecticide in North America becomes partially banned in the United States after being used for over 25 years in the agricultural sector. The use of DDT on food was linked to cancer, chronic toxicity leading to diabetes, and a high rate of birth defects in infants born around that time period as well posing a threat to wildlife.

Summer, 1973 - The first hand-held mobile phone device was demonstrated by Dr. Martin Cooper of Motorola. Ten years later, the mobile phone was first made commercially available and in the 20 years between 1990 to 2010, worldwide phone subscriptions grew from tens of millions to 4.6 billion, reaching the whole of the economic pyramid.

Winter, 1989 - Despite the banning of DDT in the United States, it is used in other parts of the world. Studies show that mosquitoes exposed to DDT have developed a resistance to the pesticide, greatly reducing its effectiveness.

Winter, 1993 - The first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad-cow disease, reported in North America was diagnosed in Alberta, Canada. The disease, when found in humans, is known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and the symptoms include changes in gait, hallucinations, muscle twitching, and rapidly developing delirium or dementia.

Spring, 2011 - The World Health Organization confirms that cell phone usage may pose a long-term health risk, classifying cell phone radiation as a "carcinogenic hazard" and "possibly carcinogenic to humans."

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December 2011: In a shocking report that stuns the medical world, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that in the current population of the world, 75% of humans have been genetically manipulated by their environment.

1/3 of the world's population is infected with toxoplasmosa gondii, a parasite that inhabits the host's brain. Another 3/4 suffers from long-term exposure to cell phone radiation, 1/6 of the world's population - primarily in Europe and North America - have been exposed to BSE in their food supply though most carriers show no symptoms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and in most third world countries where the use of illegal pesticides such as DDT was still commonplace, insects begin to withstand the chemicals and infect humans with mutated strains of malaria and other diseases.

In short, 3 out of every 4 human beings in the world (that's out of 6.8 billion people total) has been exposed to dangerous doses of radiation, has a genetically altered parasite, or is carrying a dormant virus and has yet to exhibit any symptoms.

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PART TWO

RUTGER-MILLAN:
An American multinational pharmaceutical, medical devices, and consumer packaged goods manufacturer founded in 1883. The corporation includes some 250 subsidiary companies with operations in over 57 countries and products sold in over 175 countries. A suit brought by the United States Department of Justice in 2009 alleges that the company from 1999 to 2004 illegally marketed second-rate drugs including anti-psychotics to All-Care, a pharmacy chain that dispersed the drugs in nursing homes.

In winter of 2009, in an effort to clean up their image, Rutger-Millan announced they will start to fund a research group to conduct studies in neurogenesis, the method by which stem-cells can be used to re-grow dead brain tissue and potentially save the lives of thousands of patients around the world suffering from traumatic brain injuries.

Corporate Headquarters: Brunswick, New Jersey

Pharmaceutical & Medical Research Facilities:
Oceanside, California
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Corpus Christi, Texas

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Stem cell research is controversial in itself. The main goal behind embryonic stem cell research is to find new and innovative ways to grow the biological cells, isolated from the inner cell mass of blastcycsts, into the various specialized cells found in the human body. In January of 2009, the USDA approved the first human trials of treatments using embryonic stem cells but unbeknownst to the public, three medical titans of the industry had been researching the use of embryonic stem cells in secrecy.

Records indicate Rutger-Millan, Whitesand Inc., and Biolife Medical had been conducting studies with embryonic stem cells since 1999.

Whitesand initially focused their research on the use of stem cells to treat various forms of lung and stomach cancer while Rutger-Millan and Biolife expanded their study to include cartilage regeneration in human joints. A clandestine war began between 1999-2009 as the three companies raced to out-perform each other in the area of stem cell research.

April 1999 - Word was leaked to Whitesand that Rutger-Millan was working on a controversial study in stem cells and their attempt to re-grow dead brain tissue.

May 2009 - Whitesand and Biolife go public with their stem cell research programs but hide the depth of their neurogenesis research. Whitesand president and CEO Pierre Montblanc sends scouts to recruit three of the leading neurologists working at Biolife, poaching them and turning them to Whitesand.

September 2009 - Photographs of Rutger-Millan's now infamous "organ farms" are leaked to the public from an unnamed inside source and the company faces a backlash from the public. The photographs show mass collection of bodies that the heads of research claim were all legally left to scientific research by the deceased. The majority of bodies were decapitated, leading the media into a feeding frenzy. Speculation abounds and Rutger-Millan releases a press statement explaining to the public what they've endeavored to achieve in the field of neurogenesis. At around the same time, Biolife and Whitesand up their security and establish a protocol for emergency leaks called "Code White," a predecessor to the Code Black protocols that would be used three years later.

The top executives within Rutger-Millan begin weeding out their company for leaks, suspecting that Whitesand was somehow able to turn somebody in their medical research department and use them to gain valuable insider information.

Feburary 2010 - Shortly after Rutger-Millan releases a statement "coming clean" about their plans for neurogenesis research, the controversy over abates - for the time being.

June 2010 - Without warning, Biolife suddenly releases a press statement claiming they are shutting down their neurogenesis research. Though they do not specifically state reasons for shutting down, conspiracy theorists point fingers at the bullying tactics of Whitesand, claiming that aggressive attacks by Pierre Montblanc and his effective poaching of Biolife scientists forced the company to cease its research.

March 2011 - Rutger-Millan and Whitesand both begin pushing the boundaries of brain tissue and stem cell research. Both companies begin experimenting with what they dub "reanimation research" by attempting to regrow the brains of comatose head trauma patients. The patients are kept in a state of suspended animation while their braincells are regrown. Once that process is complete, they theorize that the bodies can be reanimated and the patient can be brought back to life.

April 2012 - After 3 years, the reanimation process is a success. Rutger-Millan facilities in Corpus Christi, Texas are the first to successfully 're-awaken' a comatose patient whose brain tissue was regrown through the neurogenesis process. Once the procedure is complete, word traveled to facilities in Oceanside, California and Los Cruces, New Mexico. The procedure is replicated successfully in all three facilities with multiple comatose subjects being re-awoken - and that's when things turn ugly.

THE INEVITABLE COLLISION

3 in 4 human beings are carrying a genetic mutation, a dormant virus, or a genetically altered parasite. These humans can live and die without realizing that anything is wrong with them, without ever knowing their internal hard-wiring has been tampered with. These human beings were also reanimated in Rutger-Millan's experiments but the embryonic cells used to regrow their brain tissue mutated in unpredictable ways and the effects were catastrophic. Instead of healthy, living people, these reanimated patients became shuffling, mindless versions of their former selves. In other words, they were zombies. The patients were highly aggressive and began attacking researchers in the Rutger-Millan facilities. Within a few short hours the attacks spread outward beyond their isolated facilities and the media jumped on the story, detailing riots in major border cities between Mexico and the United States.

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