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Would the blood of Immortal beings be dangerous? [closed]

I am currently writing a world with several very very old mammal adjacent beings. I’m wondering to what extent their blood could be a hazard if spilled or given? if say a demon with warm blood and ...
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What kinds of damage would narcolepsy do if it was made to be infectious

In my short story I have a character that has access to gene editing. They want to cancel work and school with another pandemic however this character does not want to kill or make people suffer with ...
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In a world with a species of Parasitic Flower, What afflictions could it cause to a living organism?

CW: Parasites, Sickness, Mentions of Wounds & Infection. I’m currently working on a game and trying to decide if i want to keep this part in game whatsoever. This species is a type of parasitic ...
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How credible is an extremely lethal virus dying out due to genetic inheritance patterns?

As a preface, let me apologize to knowledgeable people if things I say make them wince, I have no genetics or virology background whatsoever and my science-speak is taken straight from Wikipedia. The ...
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Surviving Organ Failure

This is a re-phrasing of the question "How Would Metabolism Work For A Zombie?". It's the year 2026 and a new engineered virus turns people into zombies who are very stupid and can only ...
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Could someone be targeted by analysing their DNA and finding certain weaknesses? [closed]

A person was offering me food for few months 3-4 months. I don’t trust this person 100% due to the person having some issues with my family previously. Anyway I kept getting ill almost once to twice ...
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Would an XNA based organism be immune to all pathogens?

XNA is a nucleic acid analogue that could hypothetically be used by an organism in place of DNA. and is "invisible" to natural biological systems. In medical applications, it has the ...
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How would my zombies locate victims?

My world has zombies that are created as a result of infection with a symbiotic organism consisting of a bacterium in symbiosis with another eukaryotic organism, essentially somewhat like a lichen. ...
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A virus that causes adipocyte degeneration

In my world, there is a virus that causes acquired degreasing body syndrome (also known as ADBS) (sorry, the original French name of this disease is syndrome de dégraissage corporel acquis) (the ...
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What are the odds medieval individuals will recognize our time traveler's description of penicillin [closed]

Follow up on an old question/idea. My 'time traveler' (actually more of a dimension hopper) got thrown into a roughly medieval feudal society, very closely modeled off of, but not the same as, ...
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What disease affects only the non-peasants?

Imagine a roughly medieval world with a feudal government. I want a new disease to show up and spread rapidly which affects the nobility and leaders, but not the peasantry, setting up a situation for ...
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Is complete melanism possible in humans?

One of my characters has a genetic disease called "Complete Melanism". Her eyes, her skin, her hair, and her internal organs are all black. Like a famous Indonesian breed of chicken. The ...
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How to protect cities from vampirism

A certain part of the continent is currently dealing with a plague of undeath. It takes many forms, with corpses rising from their graves, strange creatures roaming in the night, seemingly driven by ...
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How can I give someone a lethal disease?

I am writing a story in which one character will kill another character by inducing a life-taking disease like cancer so that it will not be shown as a murder to anyone and it will be a slow death. I ...
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How would a language-based disease work?

I was trying to find an explanation as to why all the characters speak English, and this popped into my head. Could a disease (bacterial or viral or whatever) affect only people who don’t speak ...
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How to prevent humans from being killed by alien diseases?

Humans build big rockets and fly generation ships to extrasolar planets to settle. There’s already sentient alien life on that planet, but the humans has none of the immunizations and natural ...
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A genetic disease that is characterised by both gigantism and intellectual disability [closed]

In an Of Mice and Men parody I want to write, Of Rats and Women, there is a 30 years old woman named Léonie Petit (her surname is ironic, because petit is a French adjective that means small/little/...
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How would a lysosome based disease be defeated?

Essentially, in the human world of 2024 (current day tech, but no more COVID), how would humans find a way to prevent a disease that targets and destroys lysosomes, so that only animals are affected. ...
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A genetic disease that makes humans of any origin have epicanthic folds (slanted eyes) [closed]

I imagined for a future film, a 21 years old human of French nationality and citizenship named Thérèse Arielle Huguette Flavie Alexandre (Alexandre can be both a given name and a surname, in this case,...
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Could HIV-1 evolve to successfully infect rats?

In my world that is set in a far future, a mammalian species from the Euarchontoglires superorder descended from brown rats (Rattus norvegicus) evolved to become sapient. One of the deadliest diseases ...
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A synthetical virus created by a racist [closed]

In my science-fiction story, there is a vile scientist that creates a synthetical virus, because he wants to kill all humans of British and Irish ancestry all over the world. This virus ONLY affects ...
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What's a reasonable environmental disaster that could be caused by a probe from Earth entering Europa's ocean?

I'm working on a story involving life on Europa (or at least a place just like it) being upturned dramatically by contact from a probe sent from Earth. Found this community while researching, and have ...
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Heterozygote advantage against pork tapeworm

Some heterozygote advantages in humans are: People with sickle-cell trait are resistant to malaria, but people with sickle-cell disease tend to die young. Depending of the source we believe, people ...
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A dementia that develops ONLY in humans under 25 years old

In my story, there is a 24 years old human who, despite being an adultescent (aged between 18 to 24 years old), shows Alzheimer's-like symptoms: he forgot the name of his best friend forever, he is as ...
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Disease that rapidly kills and replaces cells - severity of symptoms

I have conceptualized a disease that rapidly kills cells in the human body and replaces them with modified copies over a period of 7-10 days. After this time, every cell in the infected person's body ...
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A genetic disease that makes genetically and biologically male humans unable to grow facial hair (the opposite of hirsutism)

In a live-action musical film I want to direct, Le Président et Moi (which means "The President and I") (I want the film to have French as its original language), there is a character named ...
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How could a pandemic trigger a renaissance? [closed]

In all this gloomy pandemic reporting of the last 3/4 years nobody ever noticed that one of the worst pandemics in known history happened at the beginning of the renaissance and it did not stop it. It ...
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How to overcome the hygiene issues of prehensile mouthparts?

Currently, I am designing a sapient species whose only dextrous appendages are their prehensile mouthparts. I am aware that there are some issues with this, but I can think of ways to avoid or ...
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A genetic disease that makes humans have much more brown fat than the average human being

I wonder if the disease I invented is realistic or a total fiction. In my story The Transcendence of Adolescence, there is a 17 years old homosexual (or lesbian if you want) transgender woman named ...
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A genetic disease that makes humans unable to produce adrenaline

I wonder if the disease I invented is realistic or a total fiction. In a white drama/lighthearted tragedy (the opposite of black comedy/dark humour) web-series for a teen audience in mind I want to ...
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How to built a molecular timer into a bioweapon?

Following COVID and having watched far too many zombie movies, I started thinking about an optimal design for a biological weapon. Symptoms wise I believe a modified version of rabies sounds ...
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How can a disease increase the likelihood of stillbirth in male infants?

In the ancient world, maternity death rates were very high due to lack of medical knowledge and understanding, as well as life-saving technologies. As such, it was a toss up to whether the woman and ...
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How to protect against a disease that spreads by thought?

Let's imagine we have a disease. Call it the "Thought Plague". It has all the symptoms of a normal disease; in fact, let's use COVID as our symptoms baseline. However, this disease has an... ...
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Politics and Zombies: Designing a balanced zombie plague that could realistically destroy civilization due to poor decision-making

As has been pointed out numerous times, zombie apocalypses of the classic zombie-bites-you-and-you-become-a-zombie are stupid and would never work in real life. Biting is a horribly inefficient method ...
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What would a heterozygote advantage against the mutant coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 look like?

Some heterozygote advantages in humans are: People with sickle-cell trait are resistant to malaria, but people with sickle-cell disease tend to die young. Depending of the source we believe, people ...
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How to heal a defective superhuman?

By modifying the human genome an organization in the future created a class of superhumans. Factors that would cause most hereditary diseases have been erased, and the ones in muscle mass, strength, ...
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Stopping a Disease from Evolving

Some evil scientist, let's call him... Dr. BBEG, has manufactured a potent, powerful disease. He has full control over the bacteria's genome now, but once he releases it... not so much. However, in ...
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What condition could cause chronically reddened sclera?

I have a character whose eye whites are bright red, and I'd like to make some attempt to justify why. This character's species has eyes that generally become bloodshot in the same way and under the ...
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What would a heterozygote advantage against rabies look like?

Some heterozygote advantages in humans are: People with sickle-cell trait are resistant to malaria, but people with sickle-cell disease tend to die young. Depending of the source we believe, people ...
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Could internal exposure to electromagnetic radiation be contagious or leave a trace? [closed]

This is linked to another question I asked a few days ago but my story concerns an inter-dimensional consciousness that lures children into itself by manifesting as magical wonderlands with wacky ...
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How much ionizing radiation would a baby need to absorb to develop acute myeloid leukaemia by the time they were 8?

My story concerns an inter-dimensional consciousness that lures children into itself by manifesting as magical wonderlands with wacky characters (think a creepy Sesame Street or Lazy Town). The real ...
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Would a somewhat benign "vampiric" virus be doomed to infect everyone?

In one of the books of the The Witcher series Geralt has been told by a vampire (Regis, if I recall) that it was not true that vampirism could be spread by bite. He elaborated that the whole idea was ...
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Genetic disease that makes thermoregulation voluntary

I wonder if the disease I invented is realistic or a total fiction. There is a real life genetic disease called congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (or Ondine's curse, if you want). People ...
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what is a medical condition that makes you weaker and weaker (that affects teens) [closed]

I'm writing a story and one of the characters have a medical condition, they are 16/17 they're gonna die soon there's no cure, just treatment they can still attend school and walk around without ...
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Would merpeople contract diseases from land?

In working on the merpeople for my story - very basic, classic merpeople - they are humans underwater with fish tails. I've questioned whether they would contract diseases. It seems that they would in ...
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A genetic disorder that makes people unable to feel itch

I know that congenital insensitivity to pain exists and is autosomal recessive. There is a village in Sweden where 40 cases of this rare genetic disease were reported. I am writing a story with a ...
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Heterozygote advantage against influenza/flu

Some heterozygote advantages in humans are: People with sickle-cell trait are resistant to malaria, but people with sickle-cell disease tend to die young. Depending of the source we believe, people ...
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Is my story's treatment of tuberculosis realistic?

A side character, a sister of my main character, has been stricken with an unidentifiable disease in an early 19th century circa 1800 - 1850 setting. She's had the disease for a few years. Country ...
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What would be the average civilian's first hints that a zombie apocalypse was near in a pre-mass internet world?

I'm a big fan of zombie fiction, but one aspect that is rarely touched upon is how things look in the first stages of an apocalypse scenario. If you were an average civilian in the mid 90's when the ...
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How do Roman analogues purify air in a mushroom forest?

The Valyn are a Roman analogue who have been exiled to live in a hostile mushroom forest with daily mist in the vein of a Cloud forest. The air is absolutely brimming with mold, spores, and ...
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