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Old 2nd August 2012, 10:03 AM   #41
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Originally Posted by Skeptic Ginger View Post
For anyone who actually cares about the science, this is an excellent summary with dozens of links to more factual analysis of the risks than the typical news sensationalism: Avian Flu Diary - mBio: A Mammalian Adapted H3N8 In Seals
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Professor*Ian Lipkinof Columbia University expressed concerns over the discovery that seals like pigs have*both types of receptor cells.
Nice!
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Old 2nd August 2012, 08:58 PM   #42
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"Professor Ian Lipkin of Columbia University – expressed concerns over the discovery that seals – like pigs – have both types of receptor cells."

What does this mean, exactly?

EDIT: I just read the source quote in context:

"In both the BBC and NYTs report, one of the authors of this study – celebrated virus hunter Professor Ian Lipkin of Columbia University – expressed concerns over the discovery that seals – like pigs – have both types of receptor cells.

If infected by two different strains simultaneously, they could act as a `mixing vessel’ for influenza strains, and produce a hybrid (reassorted) virus."

So... we are all going to die?

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Old 2nd August 2012, 09:01 PM   #43
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Originally Posted by wollclark View Post
"Professor* Ian Lipkin of Columbia University expressed concerns over the discovery that seals like pigs have *both types of receptor cells."

What does this mean, exactly?
That they can be simultaneously be infected with both types and the reassortment of genes I mentioned can take place.

But we have a lot less contact with seals than with swine, so I am not sure its much increased risk.
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Old 2nd August 2012, 09:12 PM   #44
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Dude...Wollclark...you're paranoid.
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Old 2nd August 2012, 10:18 PM   #45
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Ya we're gonna die. Everyone dies. Unless tech continues to advance really rapidly, and even moreso than it is today, functionally ending death (something I regularly complain about in the health care threads as rate of tech advancement is the vastly most important variable to saving lives.)


From a virus, doubtful. These things are difficult to fight off, and sometimes millions die, but most people do fight them off and end up surviving.
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