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Varaj:
Dec 11th, 2010 a large rocky meteor breaks up over eastern coast of the US scattering a fine gray ash across most of New York, DC and New Jersey.  Meteorite collectors racing to collect bits of rock notice some unusual properties of the few chunks found.  The rock appears oily to the touch and creates a brief tingling sensations.
Within a few days mass number of mysterious comas are reported in the effected area.  About the same time scientists looking at the collected rocks determine that the rock is permeated with what appear to be nanites.  Further investigation reveals that the people affected have large number of nanites in their brains.  Nanite count indicates they are reproducing in the body.  A few quick tests show that people exposed to the nanites are "contagious" well before coma sets in and that most of the people in the effected area are likely infected.  Since exposure thousands of people have flown to all parts of the world from the major airports in the area.

As the government what would you do?

Cyclotron:

--- Quote from: Varaj ---As the government what would you do?
--- End quote ---

It's too late.
Isolate a sample for study.
Isolate an uninfected sample of the populace.
Hope you find a "cure".

Varaj:

--- Quote from: Cyclotron ---It's too late.
Isolate a sample for study.
Isolate an uninfected sample of the populace.
Hope you find a "cure".
--- End quote ---



How would you isolate the sample of uninfected populace?

Xavier Lang:
Well, I've already got a full blown pandemic on my hands.  I'm screwed in that aspect, I can't think of a way to contain it.  I would start whatever initiates I thought would keep the populace calm and not rioting or freaking out.

I would try and grab some of the earliest exposed, those at ground zero and have the doctors who treated the coma problem work via telecommunications with the best people I could find to try and determine what the nanties were doing.  My goal is to safely restore to health those infected.  If we can't find a way to disable, or live with the nantie infection we are screwed.  They are self replicating and already world wide spread.

Varaj:

--- Quote from: Xavier Lang ---Well, I've already got a full blown pandemic on my hands.  I'm screwed in that aspect, I can't think of a way to contain it.  I would start whatever initiates I thought would keep the populace calm and not rioting or freaking out.

I would try and grab some of the earliest exposed, those at ground zero and have the doctors who treated the coma problem work via telecommunications with the best people I could find to try and determine what the nanties were doing.  My goal is to safely restore to health those infected.  If we can't find a way to disable, or live with the nanite infection we are screwed.  They are self replicating and already world wide spread.
--- End quote ---


After about a week in coma patients revive and appear healthy.   Nanite infection is heaviest in the brain with nanite structures attaching to neurons.  They appear to attempting to match the brain structure.

Just outside DC and also in upper state New York another variant of nanite is discovered.  This one appears to be building a structure.  Growth is only a few millimeters a day but seems to be accelerating.

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