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11 Responses to “Legos and green army men show you how cold sores work”

  1. Webbie says:

    Once again… the plural of Lego is Lego.

  2. Raum187 says:

    The “Legos” spelling always jumps out for me too. Is it an American thing? In NZ no one says “Legos”. I think Australia is the same.

    Very interesting video too!

  3. Raum187 says:

    I know NOTHING about viruses – as my comment will make very clear :-)

    Is the virus source/reservoir  detectable by the immune response/drugs when it’s actively producing after a stress response is detected? If so, during this phase, could it be attacked?

    Could a long(er) term outbreak of the active state be induced artificially, giving the immune response time to mount an attack on the source?
    Short term suffering for overall benefit?

    • Greg Van Antwerp says:

      No, unfortunately not. It is when an internal/external cause makes the reservoir produce gross amounts of viral cells that that the immune response only then “kicks” in. In the “down” times the reservoir is hidden and the immune response and drugs can’t find it. We need to continue research to figure out how it knows how to hide from the body’s defenses. 

      I answered your question from watching the video – I could have never understood it if it hadn’t been so clearly explained through the example he used.  Amazing.

  4. GawainLavers says:

    Legopodes.

  5. Ipo says:

     [geˈriʎa]  Or do y’all too pronounce that as “gorilla”? 

  6. Ramone says:

    This just makes me want to play with army men. (And Legoues).

  7. Wayne Dyer says:

    It’s just a stress bump.

  8. Matt Wiltshire says:

    Don’t they mean lego?

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