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Anyway- to the viruses. I'm doing some research for my next piece and need to ask about viruses harboured by rivers or on riverbeds. Which are the most deadly and how do they mutate?
Quote from: Pixie on 26/03/2009 21:12:43Anyway- to the viruses. I'm doing some research for my next piece and need to ask about viruses harboured by rivers or on riverbeds. Which are the most deadly and how do they mutate? New viruses can be created when a host is simultaneously infected by two different viruses ...[attachment=7464]Here's a topical virus-in-water idea: ancient virus, (pathogenic to humans), trapped in Arctic ice for millennia, released into oceans by global warming (melting ice). Bugger, its been done ... newbielink:http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/global-warming-death-in-the-deepfreeze-508727.html [nonactive][BTW don't confuse viruses with bacteria ... newbielink:http://www.foodsafety.gov/~dms/qa-fdb38.html [nonactive]]
Oooh! That is interesting! Can any viruses mingle together or do they have to be of the same "type" (eg: Can the flu and hepititus create somethig all-together different?)I vaguely remember something from Biology about RNA receptors and how viruses invade cells but nothing about them minglig. That's a special lil twist indeed!