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9th May '17 11:19:48 PM Golondrina
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* In ''[[{{Sorcery101}} Sorcery 101]]'', lycantropy is considered an infectious disease, usually spread through biting. There's even a (fairly simple) cure. In a classic case of CursedWithAwesome, however, it comes with a laundry-list of advantages - most notably rapid regeneration. Brad, who's a werewolf, was once offered a cushy job in return for biting his new boss's daughter... because she was currently dying from inoperable cancer, and he'd rather see her alive, if occasionally furry, than dead.

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* In ''[[{{Sorcery101}} Sorcery 101]]'', ''Webcomic/{{Sorcery101}}'', lycantropy is considered an infectious disease, usually spread through biting. There's even a (fairly simple) cure. In a classic case of CursedWithAwesome, however, it comes with a laundry-list of advantages - most notably rapid regeneration. Brad, who's a werewolf, was once offered a cushy job in return for biting his new boss's daughter... because she was currently dying from inoperable cancer, and he'd rather see her alive, if occasionally furry, than dead.
8th May '17 4:53:33 AM MarqFJA
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Also related to OneCurseLimit. Compare CurseThatCures, when a sick or injured character seeks out a {{Curse}} because it will cure them as a side effect. When something ''spreads'' like a disease but doesn't have harmful effects (whether on any host or only a specific subset of its potential hosts), see TheSymbiote. Contrast HarmfulHealing.

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Also related to OneCurseLimit. Compare CurseThatCures, when a sick or injured character seeks out a {{Curse}} because it will cure them as a side effect. When something ''spreads'' like a disease but doesn't have harmful effects (whether on any host or only a specific subset of its potential hosts), effects, see TheSymbiote. Contrast HarmfulHealing.
8th May '17 4:49:57 AM MarqFJA
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* The live vaccine against [[SyntheticPlague synthetic]] HatePlague called Madsen's Hollow in ProjectTatterdemalion is arguably this. It gives you fuzzy CombatTentacles, retractable, razor-sharp claws; [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair technicolor]] [[AlienHair tendrils]] in place of hair, PsychicPowers, the ability to sense and generate {{EMP}}s and use them to [[InnateNightVision navigate]] and communicate not entirely unlike [[{{Telepathy}} telepaths]] (sometimes to the point of MentalFusion if the tendrils get close enough to interweave); FlashStep, [[GoodThingYouCanHeal an amazing healing factor]], predatory instincts, and [[TrueCompanions instinctively bond with other shinigami]].

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* The live vaccine against [[SyntheticPlague synthetic]] HatePlague called Madsen's Hollow in ProjectTatterdemalion ''Fanfic/ProjectTatterdemalion'' is arguably this. It gives you fuzzy CombatTentacles, retractable, {{retractable|Appendages}} [[AbsurdlySharpClaws razor-sharp claws; claws]], [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair technicolor]] [[AlienHair tendrils]] in place of hair, PsychicPowers, the ability to sense and generate {{EMP}}s and use them to [[InnateNightVision navigate]] and communicate not entirely unlike [[{{Telepathy}} telepaths]] (sometimes to the point of MentalFusion if the tendrils get close enough to interweave); FlashStep, [[GoodThingYouCanHeal an amazing healing factor]], predatory instincts, and [[TrueCompanions instinctively bond with other shinigami]].
8th May '17 4:47:37 AM MarqFJA
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Also related to OneCurseLimit. Compare CurseThatCures, when a sick or injured character seeks out a {{Curse}} because it will cure them as a side effect. When something ''spreads'' like a disease but doesn't have harmful effects, see TheSymbiote. Contrast HarmfulHealing.

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Also related to OneCurseLimit. Compare CurseThatCures, when a sick or injured character seeks out a {{Curse}} because it will cure them as a side effect. When something ''spreads'' like a disease but doesn't have harmful effects, effects (whether on any host or only a specific subset of its potential hosts), see TheSymbiote. Contrast HarmfulHealing.
24th Mar '17 6:40:33 PM Kogarashi
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* On Website/{{Neopets}} it's not unheard of to deliberately infect a pet with a disease with an inexpensive cure to get rid of a different disease with a more expensive cure, since pets can only have one illness at a time.
11th Feb '17 12:15:11 PM karstovich2
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** Another upshot is through genetics: A portion of the population had genetics that resisted the Black Death, and this gene survived into successive generations (it's mostly in European stock, since that's where most of the plague was; Natives of America, Africa, and the Pacific Islands and Australia don't have the gene in large numbers). Come the 20th century, it turns out that this gene also gives resistance to autoimmune diseases, including HIV.

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** Another upshot is through genetics: A portion of the population had genetics that resisted the Black Death, and this gene survived into successive generations (it's mostly in European Eurasian stock, since that's where most of the plague was; Natives of America, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Pacific Islands and Australia don't have the gene in large numbers). Come the 20th century, it turns out that this gene also gives resistance to autoimmune diseases, including HIV.
9th Feb '17 10:05:40 PM legendaryweredragon
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** [[http://wiki.wcp-wiki.net/scp-016 SCP-016]] is a disease which [[AdaptiveAbility adapts]] the infected to any life threatening situation they are put in to keep them alive. For example, if an infected person is locked in a room being flooded with water, they may gain the ability to breath underwater or they may gain increased strength to help them break out of the room.
29th Jan '17 2:02:11 AM dvorak
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* The Vinn Parasite in ''Webcomic/{{Drive}}'' re-jiggers it's hosts DNA through a comorbid retrovirus. This results in [[MakeThemRot cytotoxic venom]], [[ShockAndAwe, Bio-electrogenisis]], electropreception, and [[InvisibilityCloak chromatophores in the skin]]. The downside is that the parasite rejiggers the brain too, resulting in personality death.

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* The Vinn Parasite in ''Webcomic/{{Drive}}'' re-jiggers it's hosts DNA through a comorbid retrovirus. This results in [[MakeThemRot cytotoxic venom]], [[ShockAndAwe, [[ShockAndAwe Bio-electrogenisis]], electropreception, and [[InvisibilityCloak chromatophores in the skin]]. The downside is that the parasite rejiggers the brain too, resulting in personality death.
29th Jan '17 12:51:07 AM dvorak
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* The Vinn Parasite in ''Webcomic/{{Drive}}'' re-jiggers it's hosts DNA through a comorbid retrovirus. This results in [[MakeThemRot cytotoxic venom]], [[ShockAndAwe, Bio-electrogenisis]], electropreception, and [[InvisibilityCloak chromatophores in the skin]]. The downside is that the parasite rejiggers the brain too, resulting in personality death.
24th Jan '17 9:15:51 AM zarpaulus
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* This is pretty much the entire plot of ''Literature/{{Peeps}}'' by Scott Westerfeld. Carriers of the parasite enjoy super strength, enhanced senses, and extended lifespan. Unfortunately most people who get infected become feral with a craving for blood and aversion to things they loved before you infection. And the parasite is very contagious, kissing is enough to infect someone.

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* This is pretty much the entire plot of ''Literature/{{Peeps}}'' by Scott Westerfeld. Carriers of the parasite enjoy super strength, enhanced senses, and extended lifespan. Unfortunately most people who get infected become feral with a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent craving for blood blood]] and aversion to things they loved before you their infection. And the parasite is very contagious, kissing is enough to infect someone.
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