Designation: Lab Research
The findings so far have been of little use, but I know exponentially more about this strange disease than I once did. The infected cells reproduce incredibly quickly. The rate at which they mutate allows them to mimic stem cells after a few repoductions, allowing them to spread from skin through the bloodstream, and infect other tissue, thus mimicking the infected organs purpose without outright destroying them. This affliction was created with cruelty in mind, and is very slow to actually kill the affected tissue. The end goal is to infect the central nervous system through the spinal cord, specifically the cerivcal region, where it can better control eletrical nervous signals to the rest of the body.
It accomplishes this by infecting peripheral nervous system cells and hijacking the transmitters of said cells, signaling a compound that attracts other infected cells to travel along the nervous system as it progressively infects it more and more. This means late stage infections can result in sensory issues, particularly seizures, due to an overexcitement of nervous tissue. It can also result in loss of feeling in sections of the body as nerve tissue continuously dies.
I am wondering just how much room this leaves for curing the disease. Late stage infections seem unreasonably hard to so much as even attempt to cure, as much of the infected tissue will remain dead and scarred. The only reasonably way may be radiation therapy, but even then, it could still result in loss of limbs, feeling, and motor function in certain parts of the body, depending on infection status. Although, perhaps even a very specific, very focused, and very powerful form of mystical healing could help cells combat and fight infection, perhaps even to the degree of a complete cure.
Nonetheless, with a consistent way to now monitor and study the way the disease functions, treatments and remedies may soon follow. I am pleased with the current string of guidelines given to prevent infection in the first place. Time will tell if the steps taken to study this will prove worth it.
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