“Zombie Virus” Possible via Rabies-Flu Hybrid?
Highly improbable genetic tweak could create mutant virus.
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY BARBARA ANDREWS, CDC
PUBLISHED OCTOBER 27, 2010
Though dead humans can’t come back to life, certain viruses can induce such aggressive, zombie-like behavior, scientists say in the new National Geographic Channel documentary The Truth Behind Zombies, premiering Saturday at 10 p.m. ET/PT. (National Geographic News is part of the National Geographic Society, which part-owns the National Geographic Channel.)
For instance, rabies—a viral disease that infects the central nervous system—can drive people to be violently mad, according to Samita Andreansky, a virologist at the University of…
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