National Geographic Tell Of Zombie Virus a Combo of Rabies and Ebola, or Other Mutant Virus


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“Zombie Virus” Possible via Rabies-Flu Hybrid?

Highly improbable genetic tweak could create mutant virus.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/10/1001027-rabies-influenza-zombie-virus-science/

A dog with rabies.
A dog stricken with paralysis during late-stage rabies in an undated photo.

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY BARBARA ANDREWS, CDC

Ker Than

for National Geographic News

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 27, 2010

In the zombie flicks 28 Days LaterandI Am Legend, an unstoppable viral plague sweeps across humanity, transforming people into mindless monsters with cannibalistic tendencies.

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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