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Q&A Could a "multicellular" virus exist?

When I say multicellular I mean it's made of more that one viruses. Basically it's a bunch of viruses that act like viruses but use the viruses made by infected cells to build a "multicellular" lif...

6 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Topcode‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Topcode‭

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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 Epidemic friendly time traveller

My time traveller from the distant future is about to get stranded back in time, but realises that by travelling back a short time, maybe 100000 years, he is going to leave a trail of destruction b...

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

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Q&A Feasibility of a virus that causes its host to crave sex?

In the near future a man-made virus was released which caused a world wide epidemic in humans and animals , the virus completly shutsdown all cognitive functions in the brain leaving the host in a ...

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

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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 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 Feasibility of the neuro strain

The neuro strain is a virus that affects the nervous system in drastic ways. Firstly, when the host is infected, their body will grow bigger than it would have originally been but not much bigger ...

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

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Q&A Feasibility of the hypo-strain

In the isle, a game about dinosaurs and a extensive lore, there are strains (viruses)that cause or inflict different effects on the affected dinosaur. The hypo strain is capable of making the body...

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

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Q&A Interplanetary Spore Plague(Rapture Virus)

On planet Earth, the capital of the Earth Sphere in my universe, in the year 2127, the population has increased(in density per area) by about 410%, due to the discovery of "key" bridges- traversabl...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Hunt Castle‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Hunt Castle‭

Question earth viruses
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Q&A Creating chimera virus by rogue scientist

In my world there is a rogue scientist who wants to wipe out at least 90% of humanity. He's has a sample of measles which are very contagious but he needs something new. Could he merge measles with...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by michael smith‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by michael smith‭

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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 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 are my "viral" humans harvesting from from my uninfected humans?

The following scenario takes place on Earth, sometime in the next few decades. An unethical biotech company has developed a deadly bioweapon that uses humans as a vector, almost like a suicide bomb...

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

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Q&A Designing the properties of a biological agent that could wipe out 90% of the population without being stopped

I'm interested in coming up with a plausible agent of destruction, virus or fungus or engineered weapon or what have you, that could conceivably wipe out a majority of the human race. What physical...

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

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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 Is this a plausible way for an alien organism to unwittingly cause a mass apocalypse on Earth?

It's around the mid-2300s. Earth is, to put it simply, in trouble. Climate change has resulted in flooding of major coastal cities, displacing billions, which ultimately led to widespread conflict ...

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

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Q&A What is more plausible, viruses in a host brain or a viral colony becoming conscious?

In my story I have a strain of virus capable of stealing parts of or changing its hosts DNA, so it could copy the abilities in nature for its next host of choice by taking the genes which control t...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Aizen-sama‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Aizen-sama‭

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Q&A Is it possible for thermophilic viruses to infect humans?

I'm writing a short story that focuses on an area with high thermophile activity, like a hot spring. There are known thermophile viruses, but thermophiles aren't able to transmit these to humans be...

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

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Q&A Why would a virus evolve to subsist on an energy source that doesn't exist on their planet?

In my world, I have a dangerous virus that has evolved to subsist on Aether, which for now I will just call its secondary energy source apart from a normal infection of an animal. Yet on the planet...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jefferey Dawson‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Jefferey Dawson‭

Question evolution viruses
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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 Is it possible to create rage virus from 28 Days Later?

In 28 Days Later the Rage Virus causes uncontrollable aggression and changes in personality. Is such virus even possible in principle? I'm not talking about rabies but rather about a genetically en...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by michael smith‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by michael smith‭

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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

Question diseases sea viruses
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Q&A What would be the effects of transitioning to a new World-Wide Internet Network?

Imagine an intelligent virus that could back up portions of its code on every device connected to the internet. No matter how many times you try and delete the virus, it is able to reconstruct itse...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Connor Olsen‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Connor Olsen‭

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Q&A Identifying an engineered virus

I'm about halfway through a novel about a very advanced alien civilization that is systematically wiping out other species using engineered viruses. I am hoping to have the protagonists test samp...

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

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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

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Q&A Low or absent pathogenicity viral agent

Pathogen virus work in a simple way: they inoculate their genes (DNA or RNA) in the host cells and let them replicate huge amounts of the attacker while hampering the host vital functions. As react...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by L.Dutch - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by L.Dutch - Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A How do scientists know whether a virus is man-made or not?

Question The alien want to make some new virus (or editing the gene of existing virus) to increase human death rate, and they don't want human to know the virus has been edited. I have read some s...

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