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2012-11-17 10:33:31 AM  
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The Ebola virus can spread through the air from pigs to macaques

With my dating habits, plenty of diseases have spread from pigs to macaque.
2012-11-17 11:30:38 AM  
5 votes:

Landis: This is actually kinda fascinating for a number of reasons. Viruses that are blood- or fluid-borne are typically susceptible to drying, while those that are airborne aren't. In order for virus to change transmission modes, there generally needs to be a change in the protein coat that protects it from drying. It doesn't necessarily have to be a major change, but it does still have to happen.

What makes this doubly interesting is that Ebola is a very small virus; it only has about 15,000 bases in its entire genome (bases; not base pairs. This is a mis-sense RNA virus we're talking about) and encodes for a whopping seven proteins. There are a number of tricks that it uses to pull this off, including a ton of overlapping reading frames.

So here we have a small but pretty complicated virus undergoing a mutation that enables a new route of transmission. My question is, does this affect the virulence or lethality in any way?


that was lucid, intelligent and informative. Why are you here?
2012-11-17 07:28:17 AM  
5 votes:
Pfft. I had Ebola back when you had to fark monkeys at small indie huts in Zaire. I doubt you'd heard of it then.
2012-11-17 11:49:56 AM  
4 votes:
Well played Mayans, well played.
2012-11-17 10:18:07 AM  
4 votes:

MurphyMurphy: Hey my eyeballs are bleeding,

...so I got like, what? 48hrs to get laid?

Gonna be hard to pick up a chick when I got bleeding eyeballs. I better get started.


Catholic chicks. Tell them you're a saint.
2012-11-17 01:10:44 PM  
2 votes:
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Did you know that if you play Pink Floyd over the Wizard of Oz you get an unstoppable, airborne, hemmoragic fever? My roommate in college tried it with some acid and he melted.
2012-11-17 10:43:08 AM  
2 votes:

GODDAMN YOU!

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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-11-17 10:30:34 AM  
2 votes:
Gonna be hard to pick up a chick when I got bleeding eyeballs. I better get started.

Catholic chicks. Tell them you're a saint.


Goth chicks. Tell them it's mascara.
2012-11-17 09:34:23 AM  
2 votes:
Shouldn't we be closing our ports?
2012-11-17 02:09:24 PM  
1 votes:
"I bet it was pretty hard to pick up girls if you had the Black Death."
Jack Handey
2012-11-17 12:46:28 PM  
1 votes:
static.guim.co.uk

They grow up so soon!
2012-11-17 10:48:04 AM  
1 votes:

ArcadianRefugee: The Ebola virus can spread through the air from pigs to macaques

With my dating habits, plenty of diseases have spread from pigs to macaque.


That was awesome
2012-11-17 10:06:17 AM  
1 votes:

NewportBarGuy: Shouldn't we be closing our ports?


and shutting down everything
 
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