Questions tagged [viruses]

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How would an unethical corporation go about extracting resources from a nation unwilling to co-operate?

In the 22nd century, resource depletion is a serious problem, as most of whatever we had left has been stripped bare. A large multinational corporation, let's call them Deus X, is searching everywhere ...
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How can I make gene therapy using a retroviral vector go wrong and mutate into an airborne contagion?

I've been reading about viral vectors and am looking to incorporate it into my setting. From what I can see, it's possible to use viral vectors as a form of gene therapy, and retroviruses can work ...
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Designing the properties of a biological agent that could wipe out 90% of the population without being stopped

I'm interested in coming up with a plausible agent of destruction, virus or fungus or engineered weapon or what have you, that could conceivably wipe out a majority of the human race. What physical ...
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What are my “viral” humans harvesting from from my uninfected humans?

The following scenario takes place on Earth, sometime in the next few decades. An unethical biotech company has developed a deadly bioweapon that uses humans as a vector, almost like a suicide bomber ...
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How would the American government deal with an incurable biological (virus/bacterial/parasite etc.) outbreak?

We're in the United States, sometime in the next few years. Through a series of circumstances, a viral outbreak occurs in the country. For the sake of detail, this is how it happens: A scientific ...
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What would be the most effective way for a parasitic alien lifeform to spread and grow on a post-apocalyptic Earth?

The background is that Earth is the victim of a massive comet strike, that wipes out a large portion of humanity (let's say 80-90%). Let's say that the comet was carrying an alien parasite that's a ...
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How could a bioweapon designed for warfare go wrong and kill billions, and have additional side effects? [closed]

In the 22nd century, the major world powers are at each other's throats, fighting over dwindling resources and territories. One of the sides develops a biological weapon, let's say a virus, to be ...
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Would measles make a good apocalypse?

Let's say terrorists wanted to release a bioweapon that could deal with most of the world's third world population, and they developed a chimera disease that was essentially the measles, but with ...
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Is this a plausible way for an alien organism to unwittingly cause a mass apocalypse on Earth?

It's around the mid-2300s. Earth is, to put it simply, in trouble. Climate change has resulted in flooding of major coastal cities, displacing billions, which ultimately led to widespread conflict and ...
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What is more plausible, viruses in a host brain or a viral colony becoming conscious?

In my story I have a strain of virus capable of stealing parts of or changing its hosts DNA, so it could copy the abilities in nature for its next host of choice by taking the genes which control the ...
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Is it possible for thermophilic viruses to infect humans?

I'm writing a short story that focuses on an area with high thermophile activity, like a hot spring. There are known thermophile viruses, but thermophiles aren't able to transmit these to humans ...
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Why would a virus evolve to subsist on an energy source that doesn't exist on their planet?

In my world, I have a dangerous virus that has evolved to subsist on Aether, which for now I will just call its secondary energy source apart from a normal infection of an animal. Yet on the planet ...
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Creating chimera virus by rogue scientist

In my world there is a rogue scientist who wants to wipe out at least 90% of humanity. He's has a sample of measles which are very contagious but he needs something new. Could he merge measles with ...
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How can a demonic viral infection spread throughout the body without being noticed?

Demonic possession occurs when an evil spirit hijacks the biological system of an organism, corrupting it and taking control of its functions. Although powerful, the possession eventually breaks down ...
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Enclosed space colony and spread of common viruses

Cold and Flu, are common viruses which normally infect us in the cold of winter. Ironically, those people who always keep themselves warm, stay less out-of-the-house and office, keep their windows ...
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Is it possible to create rage virus from 28 Days Later?

In 28 Days Later the Rage Virus causes uncontrollable aggression and changes in personality. Is such virus even possible in principle? I'm not talking about rabies but rather about a genetically ...
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Likelihood that a superbug or lethal virus could come from a landfill

Landfills seem like disgusting, nasty places that could be breeding grounds for all sorts of viruses and bacteria. What is the likelihood that the next lethal superbug or virus (like Ebola) could ...
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Would a virus be able to change eye and hair colour?

The basic idea is that a small group of people, that were infected by the virus but managed to survive, has their hair colour changed to white and their eye colour changed to green. Said traits would ...
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New virus living in geothermal steam vents [closed]

Would a scenario be possible where an existing virus hybridizes with a still-undiscovered virus that previously lived only in geothermal features, such as deep ocean vents, geysers, mud pots, or ...
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How could a seemingly-harmless virus become deadly at a predetermined date and time?

A secret group of environmentalist ultra-extremists has engineered a virus (or virus-like pathogen) with the purpose of making all of humanity extinct (yes, including themselves). They are aware that ...
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Could a virus that just kills plants be the end of us all?

Skip to Info if you can't be bothered reading (Story Plot) There are two super powers in a "cold war" scenario. One side decided that nuclear war wasn't the only thing they could use to hurt their ...
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What would be the effects of transitioning to a new World-Wide Internet Network?

Imagine an intelligent virus that could back up portions of its code on every device connected to the internet. No matter how many times you try and delete the virus, it is able to reconstruct itself ...
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How to spread a deadly virus to the entire world? [closed]

There is an evil, isolationist group that wants to wipe out all the “Impure humans” living on planet earth and restart society with “genetically perfect humans”. This organization has developed a ...
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Identifying an engineered virus

I'm about halfway through a novel about a very advanced alien civilization that is systematically wiping out other species using engineered viruses. I am hoping to have the protagonists test samples ...
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What would happen if a zombie bit a pregnant woman? [closed]

Let's say during a zombie apocalypse or outbreak a young pregnant woman was bit by a zombie ether on the arm,leg, or shoulder and the virus spread to the child, what would realistically happen? To me ...
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How could electricity cause worldwide death?

I am exploring a world in which: Electricity does not work/is banned All those older than approx. 35 years are dead. My current thinking is electricity has somehow wiped out all those older than 35 ...
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The nynphomaniac disease [duplicate]

John is a bright scientist fired from the big corporation ¨ X-santo labs ¨. John creates a virus to get revenge for being fired. The virus name is ¨Nymph-01¨ When this virus infects a host via ...
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Virus within a virus: possible?

Is it possible that there might be a virus (of the giant, ancient, frozen-in-glaciers type) that is, for lack of a better explanation, double-layered? As in the first layer affects the host and then ...
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Low or absent pathogenicity viral agent

Pathogen virus work in a simple way: they inoculate their genes (DNA or RNA) in the host cells and let them replicate huge amounts of the attacker while hampering the host vital functions. As reaction ...
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How do scientists know whether a virus is man-made or not?

Question The alien want to make some new virus (or editing the gene of existing virus) to increase human death rate, and they don't want human to know the virus has been edited. I have read some ...
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How could a weaponized gene therapy evade detection?

A genetic engineer devises a symbiotic virus that permanently copies itself into the genome of its hosts and the germlines of all their descendants. The purpose of this virus is to genetically modify ...
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When all extroverts are gone [closed]

Mr. Hennahito has been living his life as an introverted person. He is happy with that, yet the environment he is living in is an extrovert biased one, and thus he was bullied for being "different". ...
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Completely antiviral resistant, possible?

My Viral TB virus I made is completely antiviral resistant. It can and will infect every single part of the humanoid's body. Here is just a minority of what it causes: Pancarditis(whole heart ...