Sunday, January 17, 2010

BBC Horizon: Why Do Viruses Kill?

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Aired January 16, 2010 on BBC Two
Just months ago, the world stood in fear of an emerging new disease that threatened to kill millions. A new flu variant H1N1 had arrived. In the UK alone, 65,000 deaths were predicted. Yet to date, these dire warnings have not materialised.

If this latest pandemic has taught anything, it is just how little is understood about the invisible world of viruses. But that has not stopped scientists trying.

Horizon follows the leading researchers from across the world, who are attempting to unravel the many secrets of viruses to understand when and why they kill.


  1. You know, Athiest, and this is something nobody likes to talk about but it's a true story!  Years and years ago, back under Napoleon III and whatever, God began to notice more and more of His Children going around sans culottes. for one thing, which in English actually means "without pants"! True story!  Also, they'd begun to eat things like goose livers, snails, and gallon after gallon of onion soup.  On top of that (and this is thanks more than anything to the influence of the theater), people shamelessly calling themselves thesbians began to pop up everywhere, a trend that as I know you're aware continues to this day.  But Athiest, I have to ask you, if <span>you</span> were the Almighty and found yourself in that situation, well, what would <span>you</span> do?  I mean come ON, Athiest.  No pants, sometimes, is one thing, surely it's ok on certain occasions, I mean--well never mind.  But even forgetting how they don't take baths and all the rest: people who eat snails??  True story!  True story!

  2. I couldn't watch but 30 seconds of this video. The music and the phrasing of everything was so alarmist and ridiculous it was just annoying. Say things like "and we don't even really know why virus' exist or how they work!" (not exactly a direct quote).


  3. <p>..your conclusions based on the 99.14% (quite exactly) you didn't watch..