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73. Sci-Fi story! –REPOST: Common cold turned into “unstoppable plague?”

Along the lines of a Sci-Fi story!!!!

unstoppable plague?

did scientists turn the common cold into an unstoppable plague? No. ,,,,,,,,,,,but its a grrrrrreat movie idea.

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“Common cold into an unstoppable plague”? WTF?

A weird claim in this post:


Originally Posted by Genda

I’m sorry, perhaps you didn’t read about… the Australians who ACCIDENNTALLY [sic] figured out away to turn the common cold into an unstoppable plague…

Well, I sure haven’t! A Google search proved fruitless. Does anyone know what this person is talking about? I can’t imagine it’s a cause for concern, but I wouldn’t know, would I – I have no idea what this person is referring to!

Really Not All That Bright     Location: Orlando, Florida

I think you linked wrong.


Cambridge University To Open “Terminator Center” To Study Threat From AI

Australia has been in the throes of a whooping cough (pertussis) epidemic since 2007 (ish), due in part to a switch from whole-cell vaccines. Maybe that’s what she’s talking about.

Is it possible someone got very confused and is thinking of the American/Japanese/Dutch researchers’ work on extremely virulent H5N1 influenza?

Location: In my own little world…

Originally Posted by Really Not All That Bright View Post

I think you linked wrong.

Nope, I didn’t. Though that’s partly my fault; it wasn’t the post, technically, that made the claim, but a comment that itself I thought of as a “post.” I’m used to the message board paradigm when I post here, for obvious reasons.

Location: Orlando, Florida

Oh, I see. Carry on. She might be talking about a strain of highly fatal mousepox that was accidentally created in Oz in 2001, but that doesn’t affect humans.

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I am sure it is never that simple but mousepox sounds lik an excellent invention.



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