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comment Do crocodiles age?
I believe that to define something as immortal as being limited to total imperviousness to death is to reduce that term to being meaningless. Immortality is meant only to mean an imperviousness to death from old age. If you drop a vampire on the surface of the sun, they will cease to exist, but that doesn't mean that they're not immortal.
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accepted Can any other animal choke on food?
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accepted Why do people dying of immune deficiency diseases appear sick?
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comment Why do people dying of immune deficiency diseases appear sick?
@nico, So, are you saying that these illnesses have their own (non immune related) symptoms that the patient experiences, and that all the while they are *not coughing and sneezing and all the other stuff we get when we are fighting off a cold?
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comment Why do people dying of immune deficiency diseases appear sick?
@Kondrad, I beg to differ. If a person gets shot, it is not semantical to investigate what actually killed them. "The bullet" is a useless answer, though clearly semantically correct; Did they bleed to death? Did some specific organ get destroyed? etc. It is *more useful to say that a person died of blood loss, following a bullet wound. So, similarly, to say "the virus is causing the sickness" is meaningless. The virus is provoking a reaction, but the mucous is being created by the immune response. My question is what symptoms do patients exhibit who have no immune response.
Apr
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comment Why do people dying of immune deficiency diseases appear sick?
I'm sorry, but that's not really an answer. You don't appear sick because you are sick, you appear sick because as a response to the presence of a virus, the body starts to do all sorts of things which manifest themselves as symptoms. You develop a fever, you produce mucous, you cough, etc. But people afflicted with immune deficiency wouldn't have such a response, right? That's the nature of their illness. So, what symptoms do patients suffering from such illness exhibit? And why?
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comment Why do people dying of immune deficiency diseases appear sick?
@Gabriel Fair, yes, that's my question. What brings on the "sick", given that what we experience as illness (the simptoms) is entirely the effect of our auto-immune response, and not the virus' effects, themselves.
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asked Why do people dying of immune deficiency diseases appear sick?
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comment How do the brain and nerves create electrical pulses?
I would argue that if someone is so "expert" as to be driven away by a question like this, then good-riddance. Sure, you want to stay on topic, but come-on! This was a terrific question, and a REALLY informative and well thought out answer. A little less technical than the ideal? possibly, but closing it is an overreaction.
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