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Viral Vendetta? [Dec. 27th, 2006|07:55 am]

Probably my favorite V for Vendetta skit ever. Hysterical.

Scientists have identified only 4,000 different viruses, a fraction of the estimated 400,000 believed to exist on Earth.

How many viruses of those 4,000 can you list off the top of your head? No googling. ;)

[User Picture]From: zeporch_zombie
2006-12-27 06:59 am (UTC)

no comments here

the most dangerous is the massage ninja virus that was spawned from the rotting pool of flesh of a den of the porch zombie!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-12-28 01:25 am (UTC)

Re: no comments here

lol. Wow... *eyes wide* That's.. an image.
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[User Picture]From: saabisu
2006-12-27 07:01 am (UTC)
influenza, my family...
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From: hymn
2006-12-27 07:06 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-12-28 01:31 am (UTC)
I do so love when someone gives me the opportunity to use this icon. ;)
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[User Picture]From: runeenigma
2006-12-27 07:10 am (UTC)

do computer viruses count?

influenza, herpes, Trojan Horse?

erm, cat flu, HIV, that thing that causes cold sores . . . ::shrug::
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-12-28 01:32 am (UTC)

Re: do computer viruses count?

Computer viruses should totally count. ;)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-12-28 01:37 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: watergal
2006-12-27 08:30 am (UTC)
Oh! A test! What do I get?? Unfortunately the only ones I know about are ones that cause disease in humans.

HTLV1 (associated with some some white cell cancers)
HTLV2 (used to be confused with HIV back in the early 80's--I'm not sure it really does anything bad, though)
Varicella(HSV3/Chicken pox/shingles)
CMV (HSV5--mostly a bad cold, but can cause birth defects if you get it when you are preggers)
Small Pox
Monkey Pox
Cow pox (no, not human but important in human history as the source of the small pox vaccine)
Distemper, (no, not human, but since I'm on about animals...)
Rotovirus (diarrhea)
Norwalk (more diarrhea)
Coxsackie A (hand foot & mouth) &B
Hepatitis A, B, C, Delta and E
Influenza A&B
Parainfluenza (several subtypes--croup)
Avian influenza
West Nile
Adenovirus (pink eye)
Rhinovirus (common cold--a bazillion subtypes)
RSV (baby wheezing disease)
SARS (coronavirus)
Human Parvovirus (Usually like a cold, but can kill people with severe hemolytic or hypoproliferative anemias, like sickle cell. Also can leave an arthritis behind for months.)
All sorts of encephalitis: eastern equine, western equine, Venuzuelan, Japanese, California, St. Louis.... I bet there are over 20 identified.
Ebola (hantavirus)
Dengue fever (Aaarggh! Can't remember the name of the viral organism! And one of my buddies had it once. It's horrible!)
Yellow Fever (Never seen it; I need to get out of North America more)
Orf (I love that name, but can't remember the name of the virus)
Molluscum contagiousum
Human papilloma viruses, subtypes up to 55 (there may be more now)

I think there are some tick borne viruses...but I can't think of them right now. It's 3am here. All the tick borne stuff that is coming to my mind is atypical/intracellular bacteria. Bleh. I guess I fail.

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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-12-28 01:39 am (UTC)
Jeeez! You didn't possibly do this from memory!?! *stare* Cause if you did, you DEFINITELY win.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-12-27 08:58 am (UTC)
ummmm damn.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-12-28 01:40 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: duckfast
2006-12-27 08:59 am (UTC)
thats a freaky lot.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-12-28 01:45 am (UTC)
;) It is, it is.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-12-28 01:47 am (UTC)
Haha! Grabbing. :) Thank you.
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From: fuzzywoolsocks
2006-12-27 11:46 pm (UTC)
+ staph and strep
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From: fuzzywoolsocks
2006-12-27 11:47 pm (UTC)
Ooops, the above. Well, I'm a little weak in the science courses. They both make us sick, though...
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[User Picture]From: randomdan
2006-12-29 07:05 am (UTC)
human immunodeficiency virus
human papilloma virus
respiratory synctitial virus
epstein-barr virus
H1N1 Spanish influenza
H5N1 Avian influenza
smallpox (forget the classification)
various chicken pox viruses (cowpox, duckpox, etc, same virus slightly different across multiple species)
T4 bacteriophage (and other various T numbers)
SV40 (the simian virus present in polio vaccines, and inadvertently introduced to much of the population in the 50s)
JC virus
Viral meningitis

Most of the ones I mentioned are simply classes of viruses (like poliovirus and poxvirus). I had to really resist the urge to ask my friend online who took both Virology and Tumor Viruses with me. :x Three cheers for molecular biology :D
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-12-29 07:20 am (UTC)
;) You and one of the other posters earlier may be viral soulmates
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