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4th Mar '17 3:31:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/{{Shakara}}'': The Shakara Federation was wiped out by an engineered disease known as the Red Death. Its creator had noble intentions in doing so because of the ruthless order that the Shakara imposed on the rest of the universe, but became TheAtoner when the alliance that funded her plunged it back into an age of chaos and tyranny.

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''ComicBook/{{Shakara}}'': The Shakara Federation was wiped out by an engineered disease known as the Red Death. Its creator had noble intentions in doing so because of the ruthless order that the Shakara imposed on the rest of the universe, but became TheAtoner when the alliance that funded her plunged it back into an age of chaos and tyranny.tyranny.
** ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': There have been many instances in the comic where hostile factions resorted to biological warfare by spreading lab-manufactured diseases among enemy populations. The worst one was probably the Chaos Bug, a HatePlague designed by leftover factions of East Meg One that started an epidemic in Mega City One resulting in the death of about 85% of the population.
29th Jan '17 4:52:58 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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->''"While the individual viruses had proven to be non-lethal in testing, [[MadScientist Paxia]] had engineered a sort of genetic puzzle box. When more than one of her viruses infected a host, they assembled the fragmented pieces of a single, labyrinthian genetic code. The genome of a '''plague.''"'''

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->''"While the individual viruses had proven to be non-lethal in testing, [[MadScientist Paxia]] Paxia had engineered a sort of genetic puzzle box. When more than one of her viruses infected a host, they assembled the fragmented pieces of a single, labyrinthian genetic code. The genome of a '''plague.''"'''
29th Jan '17 4:36:53 PM StFan
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* Christopher Anvil's ''TheSteelTheMistAndTheBlazingSun''. The U.S. develops a bug that can cure diabetes by producing insulin. Unfortunately it infects non-diabetics too, causing them to go into insulin shock.

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* Christopher Anvil's ''TheSteelTheMistAndTheBlazingSun''.''Literature/TheSteelTheMistAndTheBlazingSun''. The U.S. develops a bug that can cure diabetes by producing insulin. Unfortunately it infects non-diabetics too, causing them to go into insulin shock.



* The premise of the book ''TheBreedsOfMan'' has a cure for [=AIDS=] becoming a fresh plague in its own right, a SterilityPlague which affects more people than [=AIDS=] ever did. ([[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Scientists.]])
* The eponymous disease in ''TheChangelingPlague'' was engineered to be a cure for cystic fibrosis, but the virus mutated and went out of control.
* In the ''StarWars'' ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'', the big plan of the Empire is as horrible as it is brilliant. Knowing they are at a strategic disadvantage and unable to the hold the Capital World Coruscant against the inevitable massed invasion by the Alliance, they develop the Krytos virus, a blend of several of the galaxy's most lethal and infectous diseases. The main requirements were that it be 100% lethal, harmless to humans and Bothans, contagious for a long time before symptoms manifest, and as horribly painful as possible...and that it be easily curable with bacta, an expensive medicine normally used to treat combat injuries. This killed vast numbers of people, massively limited the supply of bacta available to the Alliance and drove it to nigh-bankruptcy (all the more so because the Empire almost-simultaenously took control of the only planet that could produce bacta), and bred resentment and distrust of humans among the alien members of the Alliance (which was further fomented by the Bothans, a [[PlanetOfHats species]] of [[SleazyPolitician Sleazy Politicians]]).

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* The premise of the book ''TheBreedsOfMan'' ''Literature/TheBreedsOfMan'' has a cure for [=AIDS=] becoming a fresh plague in its own right, a SterilityPlague which affects more people than [=AIDS=] ever did. ([[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Scientists.]])
* The eponymous disease in ''TheChangelingPlague'' ''Literature/TheChangelingPlague'' was engineered to be a cure for cystic fibrosis, but the virus mutated and went out of control.
* In the ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'', the big plan of the Empire is as horrible as it is brilliant. Knowing they are at a strategic disadvantage and unable to the hold the Capital World Coruscant against the inevitable massed invasion by the Alliance, they develop the Krytos virus, a blend of several of the galaxy's most lethal and infectous diseases. The main requirements were that it be 100% lethal, harmless to humans and Bothans, contagious for a long time before symptoms manifest, and as horribly painful as possible...and that it be easily curable with bacta, an expensive medicine normally used to treat combat injuries. This killed vast numbers of people, massively limited the supply of bacta available to the Alliance and drove it to nigh-bankruptcy (all the more so because the Empire almost-simultaenously took control of the only planet that could produce bacta), and bred resentment and distrust of humans among the alien members of the Alliance (which was further fomented by the Bothans, a [[PlanetOfHats species]] of [[SleazyPolitician Sleazy Politicians]]).



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* ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}'': The accident in the underwater amusement park is caused by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Leiblich Pharmeceuticals]] attempting to cover up the fact that a very deadly virus they manufactured, Tief Blau, had been released within the park.

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* ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}'': ''VisualNovel/Ever17'': The accident in the underwater amusement park is caused by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Leiblich Pharmeceuticals]] attempting to cover up the fact that a very deadly virus they manufactured, Tief Blau, had been released within the park.



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9th Jan '17 6:16:48 AM Rhodes7
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* In ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' the US population is decimated by the N'Orleans Flu, a disease apparently created by some bright kids in a garage just to see if they could. Later, after the Muslims all unite to invade Boston (don't ask) and are driven off, there's a prisoner exchange in which both sides expose their prisoners to engineered plagues before turning them over. The Victorians wisely quarantine their returned prisoners and the death count is controlled, while the Arabic population is reduced by ''millions''.
10th Dec '16 4:40:26 AM Luppercus
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* The Mist in ''WesternAnimation/SpiralZone'' causes a zombie-like state in people, named Zoners as they were in the affected zones. Pretty dark for a kid's show.
25th Oct '16 7:49:56 PM PaulA
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* Clive Cussler's ''Vixen 03'' involves a race to stop the release of a bio-weapon that is projected to be able to kill up to 98% of all human life.

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* Clive Cussler's Literature/DirkPittAdventures novel ''Vixen 03'' involves a race to stop the release of a bio-weapon that is projected to be able to kill up to 98% of all human life.
16th Oct '16 8:56:39 PM AnotherWanderingGhost
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* The Blue Pox, from "Briar's Book" in Literature/CircleOfMagic. A mage trying to develop weight-loss potions dumped failed efforts in the sewers rather than disposing of them properly. The magical potions mixed with each other and the filth, creating a magical disease which caused its victims to waste away.

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* The Blue Pox, from "Briar's Book" in Literature/CircleOfMagic. A mage trying to develop weight-loss potions dumped failed efforts in the sewers rather than disposing of them properly. The magical potions mixed with each other and the filth, creating a magical disease which caused its victims to waste away. The original potion was engineered to resist a common medicine (so users could treat their headaches, for example, without compromising their weight loss), which now has tragic consequences.
11th Sep '16 10:09:15 PM PaulA
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* The descolada in OrsonScottCard's ''[[EndersGame Speaker For The Dead]]'' and ''[[EndersGame Xenocide]]'' is an artificially-created supervirus that systematically dismantles and reassembles the DNA of its host. Interesting in that while it's fatal--and nastily so--to Earth life, it is absolutely vital to the ecosystem of Lusitania, necessitating an approach to the disease that ''doesn't'' eradicate the pathogen entirely. [[spoiler: In ''Children of the Mind'', it's discovered that its deadliness is only a side effect; its true purpose is to terraform alien worlds to be more hospitable to its creators.]]

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* The descolada in OrsonScottCard's ''[[EndersGame Speaker For The Dead]]'' Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/SpeakerForTheDead'' and ''[[EndersGame Xenocide]]'' ''Literature/{{Xenocide}}'' is an artificially-created supervirus that systematically dismantles and reassembles the DNA of its host. Interesting in that while it's fatal--and nastily so--to Earth life, it is absolutely vital to the ecosystem of Lusitania, necessitating an approach to the disease that ''doesn't'' eradicate the pathogen entirely. [[spoiler: In ''Children of the Mind'', [[spoiler:In ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheMind'', it's discovered that its deadliness is only a side effect; its true purpose is to terraform alien worlds to be more hospitable to its creators.]]
30th Aug '16 5:04:44 PM SeerFish
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* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' has an interesting example in the Elf Quest series. In a quest you learn that the plague in West Ardougne is [[spoiler: faked by King Lathas of East Ardougne after his brother, King Tyras, turned evil]].
20th Aug '16 3:19:19 AM WillBGood
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* The premise of the book ''TheBreedsOfMan'' has a cure for [=AIDS=] becoming a fresh plague in its own right, a SterilityPlague which affects more people than [=AIDS=] ever did. ([[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Scientists!]]).

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* The premise of the book ''TheBreedsOfMan'' has a cure for [=AIDS=] becoming a fresh plague in its own right, a SterilityPlague which affects more people than [=AIDS=] ever did. ([[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Scientists!]]).Scientists.]])
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