Below each card is a description of the real biological and virological science that inspired it. Read through to better understand viruses.
This page is still under construction!
Antibiotics (Card design coming)
In medicine antibacterial drugs called antibiotics are commonly prescribed for infections. However, they are specific to bacteria (affect parts of the bacterial cell) and have no effect on viruses. However, sometimes people with viral infections are prescribed antibiotics to fight secondary infections (if you have influenza AND get a bacterial lung infection that could be bad!)
In the game antibiotics don’t treat the virus. If you treat a virus with antibiotics you are giving the virus time to grow and thrive, so players draw 2 more cards!
Gene Exchange (Card design coming)
In biology genes are the pieces of DNA code that contain instructions for proteins that living things use for specific actions. Scientists observe that microbes might exchange genes – saving valuable time in evolution – making diseases stronger. In biology viruses would never exchange ATP, but might actually make copies of their DNA and share them.
In the game the gene exchange card is an opportunity to take a chance and swap a card of your choosing with another player. Not all exchanges benefit microbes, and you don’t know if it will help or hurt your game play either!
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