Red Dust - Bacteria used to kill invading aliens
on the 1983-84 science fiction miniseries "V" and on the subsequent spin-off V &
V: THE FINAL BATTLE/NBC/1984-85. Dr. Juliet Parrish developed the red-powdered
dust chemical compound which was safe to the humans but deadly to the aliens
(who were reptiles disguised as humans). The "red dust" bacteria infiltrated the
alien's gill tissues causing an allergic reaction which suffocated them.
Red Dust suffocates a "V" alien in human form
this weapon, the freedom fighters slowly began to win back the Earth from the
alien domination. Diana, the ruthless leader of the aliens, described Red Dust
"The red dust is a bacteria and a sensitive one. Apparently requiring
a dormant stage to regenerate its life cycle. In places that experience
freezing, it can regenerate and thrive. But in warmer places like Los Angeles,
it withers and dies."
It was later discovered that high quantities of Red Dust
caused birth defects, sterility, and death in Humans. It also adversely affected
crops like corn and wheat. The Red Dust bacteria, a variation E Coli, was
originally discovered in the digestive tract of Robin Maxwell's hybrid children.
See also - "Star Child"
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