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quote:Originally posted by chrisThe virus also hides itself away, in a latent form, within our own cells, periodically emerging to cause flurries of viral activity. So you therefore have a pathogen that is adept at the art of disguise, concealment, and immune-sabotage.
quote:Originally posted by DoctorBeaverHow would you propose negotiating with a virus? [:p]
quote: study that staged a microbial version of a sports match suggests what many AIDS researchers have suspected all along: that HIV, which is expected to become the worst pandemic in human history, may actually be growing weaker over time.Scientists from Cleveland and Antwerp, Belgium, pitted HIV specimens from 1986 to 1989 as AIDS roared onto the scene, against viruses from 2002-2003 in a series of competitions to determine which ones flexed more muscle, biologically speaking. They found that the 1980s specimens were fitter than their newer counterparts 75 percent of the time.
quote:Originally posted by rosyAs I understand it most viruses do tend to become less (rapidly) lethal over time. It makes sense, especially for a delicate virus like aids that needs close contact for transmission, since the longer the infected individuals are able to carry on infecting others, the more others they can infect. So there's an evolutionary pressure at work- the virus the largest re-infection ratio (there's a technical term, but I forget it) is most likely to be successful over time. Basically, entirely killing the host population is counter-productive if you're a virus.