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Q&A Changing humans to their mirror image versions to become immune to infectious diseases

If we could replace DNA, RNA and the ribosomes in our cells by their mirror image versions, then everything would work in the same way, except that the chirality of all molecules would have been in...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Count Iblis‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Count Iblis‭

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Q&A Can 2019-nCoV be altered to be carried by the wind?

After surveying customers about their new product, 2019-nCoV™, E.V.I.L. Inc. realized that many of them would pay for an upgrade which allows for the virus to be carried by the wind itself in order...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by MedwedianPresident‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by MedwedianPresident‭

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Q&A How do I preserve my Wendigo Prion?

Wendigo fever is a Prion (credit goes to SE is too politically correct for the idea) which is spread by the consumption of tainted meat. the main problem I have is to my knowledge Prions are solely...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A How can a terrorist group link a biological plague to a specific genetic signature?

A domestic terrorist organization has come to light due to recent terror attacks that they claim responsibility for. This group has developed a biological weaponized plague that attacks the nervous...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A Creating a plausible Wendigo fever

It is believed that Wendigos are supernatural beings with an insatiable hunger for human flesh, or humans who are selfish and commit cannibalism and while the latter is more accurate, Wendigo fever...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A Could a genetically modified coral polyp be used as a pathogen?

Is this even remotely possible? Source Outline: Coral Polyps (along with their copious Calcium Carbonate excretions) are the individual organisms that make up the super-organism we identify as...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Hsasaradd Tsinthos‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Hsasaradd Tsinthos‭

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Q&A Fictional Space Plague - Pandemic - Does this timeline make sense?

For a book that I'm working on I am plotting out various points in time to make sure my plot is following accordingly. I apologize in advance for the lengthy post. It is a fungus-like infection tha...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Nick Quillin‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Nick Quillin‭

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Q&A Could a waterborne virus contaminate the entire ocean?

Is it plausible that a virus could contaminate the entire ocean to where humans that enter it are highly likely to contract the virus? It doesn't necessarily have to be the whole ocean what with th...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Crimson Bloom‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Crimson Bloom‭

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Q&A How to explain the absence of transmitted diseases between two unconnected cultures

In my story, I have two late renaissance era cultures discovering each other for the first time and I plan for the story to develop into more of how they both understand each other. However, I don'...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Hasan Alsudani‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Hasan Alsudani‭

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Q&A what makes a disease deadly?

I am writing a story, in which a mad scientist (based on Ted Kaczynski) wants to kill as many people as possible with an artificially created disease. The idea is, that more complex societies are ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jonathan Böcker‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Jonathan Böcker‭

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Q&A How could a plague that killed off the dinosaurs come back?

In my story, something pretty insane happens during the 3rd season. The common conception was that an asteroid strike contributed to the extinction to dinosaurs, but unbeknownst to all it was not...

22 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Noble‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Noble‭

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Q&A How can I make gene therapy using a retroviral vector go wrong and mutate into an airborne contagion?

I've been reading about viral vectors and am looking to incorporate it into my setting. From what I can see, it's possible to use viral vectors as a form of gene therapy, and retroviruses can work ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Space_Cadet‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Space_Cadet‭

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Q&A What's a plausible reason for a bacteria/disease to only exist near the surface of a planet?

Context: Humans have escaped a a super-bacteria, similar in situation to the Bubonic Plague, that they could not create a cure for. They've done this by engineering gargantuan trees and adapting to...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Sol-RR‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Sol-RR‭

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Q&A How would the American government deal with an incurable biological (virus/bacterial/parasite etc.) outbreak?

We're in the United States, sometime in the next few years. Through a series of circumstances, a viral outbreak occurs in the country. For the sake of detail, this is how it happens: A scientific...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Faz‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Faz‭

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Q&A Could a blood transfusion from immune survivors of a deadly, bioengineered virus grant the same immunity to those who don't have it?

First question so hope I'm doing this right! Working on a setting right now where a bio-engineered virus/plague is wiping out a large portion of humanity. Most died upon first exposure. Some surviv...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Space_Cadet‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Space_Cadet‭

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Q&A Can a person who gained immunity to a disease become an infectious carrier?

If a person is sent out of their hermetically sealed community and in the process becomes immune to a deadly disease. When the person returns will the immunity make them a carrier and infect/kill a...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Cherry‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Cherry‭

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Q&A Does a character being allergic to water (specifically the $H_2O$ molecule) make rational sense?

I'm writing a drama book and it's meant to be taken 100% seriously, and the main character was born with an allergy to $H_2O$. She does not have Aquagenic Urticaria, as that only affects the skin. ...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Warden‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Warden‭

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Q&A Can immunity be reverse-engineered simply by using a blood or tissue sample?

I'm working on a novel, in which a character was given a cutting edge vaccination to a deadly disease. She is now valuable because she was the only one given the vaccine and the research to make mo...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by cal‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by cal‭

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Q&A What's the disease?

In a near-future sci-fi world, I described a disease with the following characteristics: Affects human female children (not necessarily exclusively). Is a neurodegenerative or similar disorder,...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Monty Wild‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Monty Wild‭

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Q&A A deadly disease, 95% of the population dead, suppresses or alters memory in unpredictable ways

Whilst not strictly relevant to this question, the questions and answers may interest the curious: this is the 4th in a series of question here - 1, 2, 3. My population (in excess of 500,000) und...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Mr Bumble‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mr Bumble‭

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Q&A How can a demonic viral infection spread throughout the body without being noticed?

Demonic possession occurs when an evil spirit hijacks the biological system of an organism, corrupting it and taking control of its functions. Although powerful, the possession eventually breaks do...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A Enclosed space colony and spread of common viruses

Cold and Flu, are common viruses which normally infect us in the cold of winter. Ironically, those people who always keep themselves warm, stay less out-of-the-house and office, keep their windows ...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Christmas Snow‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Christmas Snow‭

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Q&A How Could a Disease that Lowers the Intelligence of Humans to Non-Sapient Levels Exist?

I am curious if there is a way for a disease to negatively effect the intelligence of humans;reducing them to non-sapient ferals in the end. I am curious what such a disease would need to do to eff...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Obelisk‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Obelisk‭

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Q&A Ideal Time Period for a Global Pandemic

I'm trying to figure out what period of time in human history gives an influenza-like virus the best chance of exterminating 80% of human life within the span of no more than 2 years. Basically, ...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by John Doe‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by John Doe‭

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Q&A In theory, could all mammals be wiped out by a single pathogen?

Pathogen Note: For the purpose of this question I define a pathogen to include viruses and/or bacteria. Edit: I don't exclude other biological agents such as fungi that might have the same effect...

10 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by chasly from UK‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by chasly from UK‭

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Q&A A parasite that infects humans who are over the age of 25

I want to know if the disease I invented is logical or just a total fiction. A parasite (parasitic fungus) lives within the human brain. It infects other humans by releasing spores while invokin...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Erubisu‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Erubisu‭

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Q&A A disease with an incubation time of 18 years kills all adults after its "timer" goes off. How can I keep it from affecting those under 18?

An airborne disease with an incubation time of 18 years goes unnoticed, but spreads across the world. 18 years later, its "timer" goes off, killing all adults. Good idea (thanks, @Morfium !), but I...

9 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by McKenna Fussell‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by McKenna Fussell‭

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Q&A How would a nanorobot disease be identified by a scientist

it's pretty straight forward, how could a scientist such as a doctor, identify that nano-robots are the cause of some disease without knowing what it is looking for ? It would somehow need to be b...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Lolobstant‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Lolobstant‭

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Q&A How would industrial civilizations contacting each other for the first time protect themselves from diseases?

In a world big enough for human civilizations as knowledgeable about medicine as ours to develop without contacting each other, how could they initiate that contact without exposing each other to p...

8 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Gattaract‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Gattaract‭

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Q&A Making a Plague Worse?

Starting in 541"“542 AD, the Plague of Justinian and a series of subsequent outbreaks killed between 13-26% of the world's population. The plagues were caused by Yersinia pestis, the same microorga...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Arkenstein XII‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Arkenstein XII‭

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Q&A Virus-like contagion with limited activity time

I'm looking for ideas for a highly contagious airborne biological weapon (virus, bacteria, other) that would kill its host in a matter of days to a week or so, but that, once all infected hosts are...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by ken‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by ken‭

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Q&A Disease that targets only teenagers

Would it be possible to have a disease that only affected people in a certain age group, more specifically, teenagers? And what would the virus be targeting?

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by NewberyBlueberry‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by NewberyBlueberry‭

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Q&A How could a seemingly-harmless virus become deadly at a predetermined date and time?

A secret group of environmentalist ultra-extremists has engineered a virus (or virus-like pathogen) with the purpose of making all of humanity extinct (yes, including themselves). They are aware th...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by plasticinsect‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by plasticinsect‭

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Q&A What would happen if a virus could not be cured or contained?

I would like to know what would happen if a new virus arose which could not be cured and which managed to escape the infected areas (and any quarantine zones). In order to scope this question I'm n...

10 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Liath‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Liath‭

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Q&A How Predictable Is The Development Of Immunity To A Disease?

Diseases in nature tend to naturally become less virulent over time, in part, because the disease vector changes and in part because the host population develops immunity to it. How possible is it...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by ohwilleke‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by ohwilleke‭

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Q&A How can androids suffer from a virus that spreads by contact

I'm toying with an idea to have a plague sweep across the galaxy in my story. At first I was thinking to have a plague, something similar to the Black Death, devastate populations across the galaxy...

10 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by JSwiss‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by JSwiss‭

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Q&A Human hybrids and prion diseases

How genetically different do my human-arthropod hybrid have to be to humans to not be at risk of prion diseases when eating humans? I don't want my monsters to eat a brain for a quick snack and the...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Amoeba‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Amoeba‭

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Q&A Disease Impacts of Ancient Roman Contact with New World

In an alternate timeline, Ceasar lives, forges an alliance by marriage with Egypt and dominates the entire Mediterranean. He then performs a raft of economic and political reforms that basically sk...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Austin‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Austin‭

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Q&A Reasons for my dark ages world to have no horses at all

I am writing a fiction set in the 'dark ages', a pre-industrial, pre-gunpowder world. On Earth that would be no later than 800 AD, but this doesn't have to match Earth. There is no magic, and I won...

23 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Amadeus‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Amadeus‭

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Q&A Is metal grafted straight under skin possible?

/Edit : so, I would like to create character which is supposed to have some metal grafted under his skin, but by under his skin I mean straight under, like a second layer. This is supposed to be li...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by user44272‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by user44272‭

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Q&A Reasons why healthy people would intentionally want to get infected?

What would be a situation in modern times where normal, healthy people would want to get infected by a non-curable, but non-lethal, virus? A virus that would have pretty nasty symptoms. There...

30 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by R. Smyth‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by R. Smyth‭

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Q&A Transmissible diseases in a multi-species society

My world - basically Earth all along, unless told otherwise - is populated by humans and few fantasy-based "races" (actually, species - any interbreed offspring, if possible, is infertile): elves, ...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Ijon‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Ijon‭

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Q&A Mass disease prevention: The feasibility of airborne vaccines

The Scenario: A technologically advanced mother culture wants to manage mass outbreaks of virulent disease in its technologically regressed colonies, who are inclined to resist most of what the mot...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Random‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Random‭

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Q&A How could a brain parasite enter the skull with minimal effort?

So I have a brain parasite that needs to enter the skull of a host organism (in this case humans) with the least amount of effort, but is too large to enter through the circulatory system and must ...

9 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Anonymous‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Anonymous‭

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Q&A Disease treatable by zero-G

Background story: In near future (max 10 years from now) mega-rich person suffers yet unknown disease. He obviously employs every doctor possible and spends loads from his fortune on researching, w...

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Pavel Janicek‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Pavel Janicek‭

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Q&A Scientific explanation for highly agressive infected

In a SciFi world I'm building with other people, we'd like to create a planet with an infection outbreak going on. There are wildlings. They are pretty primitive, have stone tools and wood houses. ...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Keker‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Keker‭

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Q&A A realistic explanation of a typical Plague-inc "infect everyone before you start killing them" strategy

In Plague-inc the most typical strategy is trying to infect everyone, while staying hidden by not harming infected people (when a virus, bacteria, fungus is found, people start working on the cure)...

23 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Haha TTpro‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Haha TTpro‭

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Q&A How to Design a Plague that Causes Insanity?

Has a loose base in this earlier question of mine, although today we will be working with modern (roughly) tech levels and bacteria. It was pointed out in the accepted answer that bacteria might be...

7 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by JDSweetBeat‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by JDSweetBeat‭

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Q&A What is this bacteria producing that is so sickly yellow?

An illness has been slowly spreading throughout the inhabitants of my agrarian society, decimating villages. The first sign of infection is the excessive production of slimy yellow saliva, and sinc...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Virus within a virus: possible?

Is it possible that there might be a virus (of the giant, ancient, frozen-in-glaciers type) that is, for lack of a better explanation, double-layered? As in the first layer affects the host and the...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by McKenna Fussell‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by McKenna Fussell‭