Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Flu Virus is a Terrorist?

In a recent PBS documentary about the 1918 flu pandemic, a virology expert described the flu virus as "a little terrorist."

I must say the description is spot-on.

Think about it: a flu virus works by invading cells that line the airways and literally hijacks cellular machinery to make copies of itself. When it expends the cell's resources, it effectively kills the host cell and the newly created viruses that are free to infect neighboring cells where the process continues.

It seems the flu and extreme religious ideology have something in common. Well, at least metaphorically.

Happy New Year!

Dr. Dave

Posted via email from Dr. Dave Science

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