Re: New Idea for Dead Country.
oh forgot to add -
Cancer cure turning people into Zombies.
Wasn't that the macguffin that made zombies in the excruciatingly terrible 'I am Legend' with Will Smith.
(for gawds sake, read the novel first if you haven't watched the film. The book is brilliant but Hollywood managed to transmute this into utter s**te.)
Hex - don't worry, I'm boringly sane.
Also your description of Academic bio-chem lab security, behaviour and practices chimes exactly with my experiences (for example a Physics PhD like my self wandering about the Biochemical labs and not in the Physics labs where I should have been was never ever questioned!)