" SARS = Something Old - Nothing New "
Something Borrowed = Bt-Bt-Bt
- " SARS = Something Old - Nothing New "
Something Borrowed = Bt-Bt-Bt
Something Old = Mycobacterium = Fungus Bacterium.
Something New = SARS = Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.
Something Borrowed = Bt = Bacillus Thuringiensis =
GMO = Genetically Modified Organisms =
Something Blue = Hypoxia - Pneumonia = SARS.
Mucus = [PHYSIOLOGY]
A viscid fluid secreted by mucous glands, consisting of mucin, water, inorganic salts,
epithelial cells, and leukocytes, held in suspension.
Mucus degeneration = [MEDICINE]
Any retrogressive change associated with abnormal production of mucus.
Mucin = [BIOCHEMISTRY]
A glycoprotein constituent of mucus and various other secretions of humans and lower animals.
Genetically Engineered Foods :
As plant cells are frequently infected with several viruses, recombination
events will occur and new and virulent strains generated. Viral recombination
is well documented in animals and the resulting recombinant viruses are
strongly implicated in causing diseases. As in animals, plant genomes also
contain many endogenous proviruses and related elements which can
potentially recombine with the introduced transgene.
Another strategy for viral resistance has made use of benign viral 'satellite
RNAs' as transgenes, which was found to attenuate the symptoms of viral
infection. However, these have been found to mutate to pathogenic forms at
high frequencies. These already documented pathogenic recombinants and
mutants regenerated from viral resistant transgenic plants are particularly
significant, as viruses are readily transmitted by many species of aphids and
other insects that attack the plants. There is a distinct possibility of new
broad-range recombinant viruses arising, which could cause major epidemics.
Something Old; Nothing New !
2000 - 2001 Influenza is a well-known viral disease that appears worldwide at fairly predictable times each year. There are three main types and several subtypes, each believed to have its genesis in an avian specie. Until the direct jump from poultry to humans in the 1997 outbreak of the H5 type in Hong Kong, the various viruses were all thought to have gone through intermediary amplification in swine. Influenza can be a moderately disabling infection in a small percentage of a population or a catastrophic pandemic that causes millions of fatalities, as was the case in 1918. More recently, vaccines specific to certain genotypes identified through a global monitoring system have been effective. Of course, these vaccines are not universally available, and not freely available to everyone anywhere.
Less predictable and less interdictable is influenza in avian populations. The disease may take the form of classical Fowl Plague, one of several moderately severe influenzas, or Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). The last is a major concern of poultry breeders, due to historically high fatality rates and the efficiency and range in which the disease can be transmitted. Wild shore and water birds, and migratory waterfowl are the most likely hosts of the virus, and can fall victim themselves.
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