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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.
19th Dec '16 11:12:07 AM MrBadAxe
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* A Cory Doctorow short story, "0wnz0red", features co-protagonist Liam, who's been implanted with a retrovirus linked to a microcontroller, essentially allowing bodyhacking. What does he do with it?
-->"First thing I did was reverse-engineer the interface bug. I wanted a safe virus I could grow arbitrary payloads for in my body. I embedded the antiviral hardening agent in the vector. Its a sexually transmissible wellness, dude. Ive been barebacking my way through the skankiest crack-hoes in the Tenderloin, playing Patient Zero, infecting everyone with the Cure.
--> Murray sat up and his head swam. You did what?
--> I cured AIDS. Its going around, its catching, you might already be a winner.
6th Dec '16 7:53:12 AM rwe1138
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'''Mr. Burns:''' Juvenile diabetes? Hysterical pregnancy?\\

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'''Mr. Burns:''' Juvenile diabetes? diabetes?\\
'''Doctor:''' Yes.\\
'''Mr. Burns:'''
Hysterical pregnancy?\\
6th Nov '16 8:46:46 PM Tzitzimine
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* The Armed Virus from the [[VideoGame/ValkyrieDriveBhikkhuni Valkyrie Drive]] [[Anime/ValkyrieDriveMermaid Project]] gives enhanced physical capabilities to its hosts and allows them to turn into powerful weapons when aroused.
5th Oct '16 12:46:15 AM JakalDX
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**There's also an interesting interaction with the Toxic effect and Dung Pies. In Blighttown, certain enemies shoot toxic darts at you. This inflicts a devastating damage over time effect that is usually a death sentence unless you have the curative item. There's an item called Dung Pies, however, which inflict a much less harmful "strain" of the same effect. If you're on the verge of being infected by Toxic, quickly using a Dung Pie will infect you with the less harmful strain, which is much easier to survive.
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