Tuesday, January 24, 2006

powder, parasites, and prions

Turns out there's lots of different potential causes of zombies in the real world. One of the causes that intrigues me the most is prions. For those of you not in the know, prions are protiens that convince other protiens to fold like themselves, in a rather viral form of replication. Get enough of these built up in your brain and you'll have mad cow disease. Cooking the meat doesn't get rid of the protiens.
Anways, the rather tounge-in-cheek article "The Etiologi of Romero-Fuluci disease: The Case for Prions" goes into great depths on the subject, and also explores Solonium, which you may recall was created by Max Brooks (son of Mel Brooks) in The Zombie Survival Guide.
Now, a question to my non-existent audience: Does anybody know the name of the fictional science journal (fictional in that all of it's articles are jokes)? And is it online?