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Unusual Virus Ties Snakes in Knots

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Researchers at U.C. San Francisco, discovered a class of virus that causes snakes to regurgitate their food, stop eating, and twist themselves into knots. It may be a dinosaur virus eons old. Logged by Sunstroke author David Kagan in Doomwatch Legacy.

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Azaima A. (216)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 4:18 am

Bob P. (412)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 11:46 am
thanks for sharing

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 4:53 am

Roger Garin-michaud (130)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 1:00 pm
noted thanks !

Marlen Patiño (131)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 2:52 pm
Very interesting!!!!!

Terry V. (30)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 3:08 pm

Dave C. (236)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 7:26 pm
interesting, weird, but interesting.

Nimue P. (323)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 8:35 pm
Good grief.

Marie W. (67)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 10:44 pm

Elaya Raja (39)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 10:46 pm

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 11:20 pm
Poor snakes. And hen I read what I most fear I will read: "The next step will be to infect healthy snakes with the viruses to see if they develop the disease." WHY????

Donna B. (36)
Monday August 20, 2012, 1:41 pm
Oh. Very strange. Poor snakes. Noted. Thx for sharing Dan.

Veronica C. (38)
Monday August 20, 2012, 11:01 pm
Wow... that is weird!

Phillipa W. (199)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 8:47 am
again with the animal testing. As interesting as this virus sounds it almost stinks of man-made. But who knows? Safe to say regardless of how it came to be there is no need to infect healthy snakes to see what happens. If a healthy snake that isn't contorted etc tests positive, then they'll know that the virus doesn't do it. There's no need to deliberately infect snakes with it - they can capture, test and release.

Justin M. (2)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 5:39 am

Heather Rasm (5)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 2:37 pm
Crazy! Thanks for the post!
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