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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 11:52 am
  

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Pigs are apparently the only species able to have more than only one virus at the same time, but it seems to be the first time there is a mix of swine, human and avian virus.
There are obviously new means to detect the different genes of a virus and spontaneous mutations but perhaps there are also genetics manipulations.
We know the cause of this flu ( mixed virus ) but not really the origin.


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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 9:10 pm
  

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All the virus has to do to get mixed species markers is to mutate from a bird virus to one a pig can get, and then mutate again to go to a human...this is what flu virus does. it's constantly mutating, which is why scientists are always studying the current version that's going around...next year, there will be totally different versions of flu. It can mutate just going from one person to another.


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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 9:52 pm
  

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It was interesting to hear on NPR today that people can't catch it from pigs, but pigs can catch it from humans......


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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 11:53 pm
  

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guitarman wrote:
Hatchie ! :? :D


Bless you!


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 10:51 am
  

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If people can't catch it from pigs, how do people get it?

Pigs are mixers. Maybe pork prohibitions make sense and some cultures have known that for a long time.

Well that explains McCartney's 'Granddad' in Hard Day's Night. He is Steptoe.


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 9:45 pm
  

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PigBirds?
As a biotechnologist, it was always my secret dream to engineer pigs with a pair of wings, to answer the ageold question: Will they fly?
Someone beat me to it?
Dang! :(
(So?... Do they?...)


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 9:53 pm
  

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I think they fly only on airplanes or when shot out of cannons......


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 11:27 pm
  

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Several schools were closed here. Now they're open. Seems than no one quite knows how to go about dealing with this.


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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 2:41 am
  

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The BlunderChooks have assured me that they will keep me safe from the PIGBIRD.


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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 5:35 am
  

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Well, looks like adg was right, the threat of Hamageddon seems to be receeding ....


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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 5:36 am
  

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and we've very narrowly escaped an Aporkalypse now ...


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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 5:37 am
  

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but, just in case, I'm gonna keep applying the oinkment, at least until the fall flu season is passed ...

:)


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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 8:55 am
  

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Best result of the PigBird Flu for us: the plane to Newark on Saturday was only half full (or half empty, as you prefer). But the airlines wised up by Monday; they canceled and consolidated flights, and getting home took 10 hours instead of 4 (6 sitting in the airport). Oh, well, it was a great flight up!


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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 4:13 pm
  

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i have seen a flying pig once , it was years ago :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB2YvbBqJnY


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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 4:16 pm
  

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Guitar man:

A co-worker of mine hit a pig while driving his Honda.
He was not injured- it was only the pig who squeeled ** :roll:

Andrea


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