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Aids virus

  1. Mar 25, 2005 #1
    can aids virus survive in cow's blood?
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  3. Mar 25, 2005 #2
    nope, if it could then cows would be carriers, and there not.
  4. Mar 25, 2005 #3


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    1) There is no such thing as an "AIDS virus." AIDS is a syndrome, like having cancer, or being unconscious. It is etiologically linked with the virus called HIV, which stands for "Human Immunodeficiency Virus."

    2) The term "Human" indicates that the virus generally infects only humans. If I'm not mistaken, HIV can also show some activity in other closely-related animals like chimpanzees.

    3) Other species have related virii, like SIV (Simian Immunodeficiency Virus), which infects monkeys.

    4) As far as I'm aware, there is no Bovine Immunodeficiency Virus which would infect cows.

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  5. Mar 25, 2005 #4
    We'd be kinda screwed if there was an autoimmune deficiany that affected cows. Especially if we didn't know about it or how to detect it.
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    We'd be unscrewed, actually, misskitty. An enormous amount of land would suddenly become available for agriculture, which produces many times more Calories per unit land area than does cattle. All the resources (oil, energy, water, etc.) that are currently wasted on cattle would also suddenly become available for more efficient use. It'd force people to start following a vegetarian or vegan diet, which would improve public health and decrease a large variety of health costs. Sure, it'd ruin a few industries, but those people would find new jobs. I think it'd be one of the best things to ever happen to the modern food infrastructure.

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  7. Mar 25, 2005 #6
    Hmm, :rolleyes: interesting point. I can see where you're coming from.

    However, I heard this from my chiropractor and my PCP, (it could be wrong, but that's why I'm asking) that people who follow vegetitarian or vegan diets live shorter lives than people who include in meat in their diets. How much merit does this statement actually have? I'm skeptical on how valid this statement really is.

    I'm not trying to harp on anyone's lifestyle. Please don't think I am. My apologies to anyone who might be offended.
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