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Apr
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answered What is the difference between influenza A and B viruses that causes their distinct seasonal patterns?
Apr
15
answered Why are people unable to develop lasting immunity against Norovirus?
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Jul
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answered What prevents predator overpopulation?
Apr
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answered Viruses: Adaptation to a new host through repeated host jumps
Apr
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answered Can a virophage potentially be used to cure a viral disease?
Jan
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Jan
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answered Could murder be modeled as an infectious disease?
Jan
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comment Could murder be modeled as an infectious disease?
@ThomasIngalls That objection is also true for infectious diseases, which is why we model in the first place.
Jan
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comment Why do parasites sometimes kill their hosts?
+1 - a number of the parasites that cause human disease aren't supposed to be in us. We're an odd side-note in their lifecycle.
Dec
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Dec
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answered Organisms as potential Bio-Weapons?
Dec
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comment Do invasive species cause long-term damage to ecosystems they invade?
@Beofett I used an extreme example, but it's never the less useful to make sure your question is bounded by scope and time, because it changes the answer.
Dec
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answered Why do yeast ferment Equal sweetener
Dec
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comment Do invasive species cause long-term damage to ecosystems they invade?
It might also help to define what you meant by "ecosystem". If we consider the intestinal tract of a human as a microbial ecosystem, it's rather straightforward to show that invasive species cause long-term damage, by killing the host.
Dec
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comment Do we actually get more sick (flu/cold) during winter?
As this answer cites my paper, it is clearly correct ;). I would note that it's true for influenza, and a few other winter-circulating diseases (Norovirus comes to mind). Other infections are more prevalent in the summer (many bacterial GI infections for example) and some don't care at all.