End of the Week, End of the World 10-30-09

From the democratization of violence to the democratization of virulence: how a garage lab mistake could wipe us out.

A mistake in a factory can result in scores of injuries or deaths. A mistake at a chemical plant can kill thousands. But a mistake in a biological laboratory could result in a pandemic. And as more and more people at all levels of competence gain access to the tools for biohacking, the risk of error would seem to rise dramatically.

obEP: Firewall investigates a dangerous new bio-plague outbreak, only to discover that it's instigator is a biohacker working on a beneficial new gene therapy who accidentally set something horrible loose.