# 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 - only about 1/2 times bigger.

One major thing that’ll change is that the host will become drastically more intelligent, becoming on par with human intelligence. This will allow the host to have the ability to do things such as:

• Telepathy
• Telekinesis.
• Talking to other animals
• Developing a biological EMP ability
• Manipulating a creature's mind
• And also allow ingfor them to mimic certain calls
• And rarely, abilities

The strain itself causes the body to become translucent and reveals the veins that are across the body. It always forms a big vein that runs across the body and ends at the head; this will sometimes result in the loss of their eyes.

1. Could such a virus feasibly exist?
2. If not, could it be created in a lab setting?
• Science-based reality check of the possibility of creating a virus which imparts on its host the ability to generate manipulate mind(s), telepathy and telekinesis? Is this a joke? P.S. The word "strain" does not mean "virus"; it means a genetically pure lineage. It may refer to any kind of organism (or cells of an organism), including viruses, bacteria, plants and even laboratory mice. – AlexP Jan 14 '20 at 10:38
• "1/2 times" is this "one to two times" or "[one and a] half times"? – VLAZ Jan 14 '20 at 10:39
• @VLAZ maybe they meant "half as big again". Truly, an impressive piece of ambiguity! I wonder if there's a way of making it more vague... – Starfish Prime Jan 14 '20 at 11:28
• @StarfishPrime what if the description was "their body would change by 1/2" :P – VLAZ Jan 14 '20 at 11:33
• Most of those effects defy our current understanding of physics and biology. You might as well ask if it's feasible to have a virus that allows you to time travel or teleport. None of those things are possible at all, whether through a carefully engineered machine or some exotic virus. – Nuclear Hoagie Jan 14 '20 at 20:44

Firstly, when the host is affected, their body will grow bigger than it would have originally been, but not much bigger, only about being 1/2 times bigger.

Depends on the host, but if the animal species was one with indeterminate growth then obviously it is set up to get bigger, only there's a reasonable chance it would get bigger anyway. Maybe the virus accelerates the process?

For species with determinate growth (such as humans) physical maturity is marked but a bunch of physiological changes that effectively end any further growth opportunities. In humans for example, bone growth plates simply ossify, and no further growth is possible in most bones.

One major thing that’ll change is that the host will become drastically intelligent, being on par with human intelligence.

Human brains are the end product of a very substantial amount of evolution, and modern human intelligence is at least in part due to thousands of years of cultural evolution. Your brain is made up of a vast network of interconnections that grew during your physical development in response to outside influences over many years.

You can't just handwave that sort of thing in overnight; if nothing else, viruses just aren't going to be able to encode enough information in their own genome to impart that level of complexity.

This will allow the host to have the ability’s to do things such a telepathy and telekinesis, it’ll also allow them to talk to other animals.

Lets assume that you have human level intelligence. Do you have telepathy and telekinesis? Again, I'm gonna assume no. One does not follow the other.

Wait, wait. You've flagged this science-based and reality-check and you're asking about telekinesis and telepathy? If this were the 60s or 70s, maybe, but science has marched on in the last eighty years. Be serious now.

Animal mimicry is possible, of course, but it either has to be learned, or a lot of sophisticated (and very host and target species specific) information needs to be encoded in the virus.

Lastly, it’ll allow the host to develop a biological EMP ability,

I feel like you're just yanking my chain, now.

but will also allow for them to manipulate a creatures mind and also allow for them to mimic certain calls and rarely abilities

Just no.

For a virus or microbe to alter an infected host's mind is reality on this planet. But any alteration is going to be done strictly to benefit the infection. (The real world examples I'm thinking of, the infection makes the current host more likely to be eaten by the next host.)

For a virus to cause the host to develop intelligence would probably require the virus itself to provide the genes for new neural structures. I would consider this possible, but unlikely. For a virus to also provide motivation seems even less likely.

Telepathy, Telekinesis, and biological EMP are all conditional on those being possible in the first place. (I suppose one could consider an electric eel to use an EMP.)

You don't need a reality check to write your story--you do you. However, is it possible? Like everyone has said, no. Here's a look into the level of behavioural modification by a parasite that exists in simple organisms in nature: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entomophthora_muscae

Really cool? Yes. Mind control? Absolutely not.

If you want mind control, it sounds easier to have say nanobots that and interface with the cells of the nervous system AND broadcast/receive signals from a control network. But that's a new question from what you're asking here.