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Pa'nar Syndrome

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Vulcan DNA schematic

Scan of the DNA of a Vulcan suffering from Pa'nar Syndrome

Pa'nar Syndrome was a Vulcan neural disease that resulted in the degradation of the synaptic pathways.

It also affected the endocrine and immune systems. It was caused by a disruption of neuroelectric impulses during Vulcan mind melds performed by a Vulcan who has been improperly trained. It could be cured by a meld performed by an experienced melder.

The disease and its cure were known in Surak's time, but by the 22nd century the knowledge of the cure had been lost. In that time, melding was considered an "unnatural" practice. As a result, those afflicted with Pa'nar Syndrome were ostracized from Vulcan society. (ENT: "Kir'Shara")

Sub-Commander T'Pol contracted the disease in 2151 when Tolaris initiated a meld with her, although she did not discover this immediately. (ENT: "Fusion") In 2152, Dr. Phlox was able to improve the course of treatment (with the help of Dr. Yuris, who suffered from the disease). (ENT: "Stigma") In 2154, T'Pol was cured by the Syrrannite leader T'Pau, who revealed the true nature of the disease. (ENT: "Kir'Shara")

The discovery of the Kir'Shara enabled others suffering from Pa'nar to come out and be cured. (ENT: "Daedalus")

The disease was designed to be easily recognized as an analog of HIV. The disease was revealed in the episode "Stigma" as part of Enterprise's contribution to Viacom's HIV awareness campaign of early 2003. [1]

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