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Eh, im not to worried about it.

http://www.cracked.com/article_18683...l-quickly.html
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Mancehster Zombie Killers recruitin now xD
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I don't think they need Zombie viruses - they can just have the Tea Party, which doesn't require any technology at all.

But seriously, they could make whatever virus they want, just like the CIA invented AIDS over 40 years ago.
post #54 of 107
So why exactly do they actually want this to happen?

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Originally Posted by EvanPitts View Post
I don't think they need Zombie viruses - they can just have the Tea Party, which doesn't require any technology at all.

But seriously, they could make whatever virus they want, just like the CIA invented AIDS over 40 years ago.
?

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Originally Posted by Ksireaper View Post
You know that website is very reassuring.
Edited by Timlander - 2/25/11 at 7:27am
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Originally Posted by tconroy135 View Post
Your thinking in the context for current science. If you take for example Resident Evil, the outbreak happend because of new technology designed to restore cells. Eventually science will evolve far enough to reanimate people, not saying the same people will come back...
It's pure and simple anatomy. You can't reanimate the human body. Even if science had found a way to create an organism or virus that could, do you realize how complex it would have to be in order to jump start the millions of body processes going on? And here's the kicker, the only system that the body can live without is the reproductive system. Even if an enzyme or protein was 'malfunctioning', it could shut down and destroy the other crucial body processes. Not to mention that conventional zombies don't eat, unless they feast on human flesh, but then you have another problem: toxicity. The only edible body parts of the human body are the large muscles: latissimus dorsi and the quadriceps. The rest are much too small and contain way too much creatine, hormones, and various other harmful-if-swallowed chemicals. The other body parts (brain, liver, intestines, lungs, etc) are harmful and some even fatal if eaten (brain, intestines, liver). And even then, there are more problems: susceptibility to other viruses and bacteria. If you have no immune system, your body will basically be a welcoming committee for any other invaders. You see, it's way too complex to create a virus that can jump start the functions and alleviate all the side effects.

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That's the old/classic definition of zombie. Shambling undead zombies are out. Running rage infected (rabies-like virus ala 28 days later, zombieland, left 4 dead etc...) humans are in. Good luck outrunning them.
Then they wouldn't be zombies. It would just be a mass group of brainwashed people running around and making lives crap for others. Hey, just like now!

That sounds fine and dandy, superficially, but that would include messing with the brain's chemistry. The virus would have to completely destroy the left side of the frontal lobe, in order to impair cognitive thinking and produce a 'child-like' mental state, imbalance brain chemicals to produce rage, etc.

Bottom line is it's way too complex too even consider. I mean, a way cheaper substitute would be to cut off everyone's pay and give each person an M4 with 1000 rounds of spare ammo.
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post #56 of 107
Virus Do exist, is call H1N1

http://draconislabs.net/europe/8027043.htm

Not sure how accurate it is or is it fake or not...

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There has been a small outbreak of “zombism†in London due to mutation of the H1N1 virus into new strain: H1Z1. Similar to a scare originally found in Cambodia back in 2005, victims of a new strain of the swine flu virus H1N1 have been reported in London.
After death, this virus is able to restart the heart of it’s victim for up to two hours after the initial demise of the person where the individual behaves in extremely violent ways from what is believe to be a combination of brain damage and a chemical released into blood during “resurrection.â€
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post #57 of 107
The whole idea is ridiculous until you address the issue of suppressing the body's inflammatory response to prevent neuronal necrosis, increased intracranial pressure that will result in hemorrhage of the brain out the base of the skull, and stroke.

So unless the zombies are programmed to also pop about 5 pills per day of high dose dexamethosone, this isn't going to work. One way to "theoretically" get around this would be to craft a virus containing DNA/RNA capable of producing enzymes that synthesize potent steroid immunosuppressants in vivo.

Without this, these zombies would last for about 1 week and then drop dead from the widespread neuronal damage.


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Any viral/bacterial infection of the brain, if it goes unresolved/untreated, will result in death because of the body's own immune response to the microbe. In fact, this is the most frequent cause of death in meningitis and encephalitis cases. So without suppressing the immune system, this will not work. Stupid PopSci, failing as usual.
Edited by Porthios - 2/25/11 at 9:10am
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post #58 of 107
Hypnosis and PCP.
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Virus Do exist, is call H1N1

http://draconislabs.net/europe/8027043.htm

Not sure how accurate it is or is it fake or not...

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:JL_09/H1Z1

I wish.

It would be fun.
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I prefer slugs.


Can I come? I've got some hands to help use a gun. Unless I have my own by then.
Slugs are ok but 00' buckshot is the best defensive round for shotguns, it has less range but more punch - and it only takes one pellet to destroy what it hits. Idk. Get here and I guess you can.
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