Confirmation of scientific accuracy
Can someone check this episode (I don't have a copy)? - the statement "The Doctor was able to develop an antigen for the virus and after initial difficulties distributing it to the infected members..." doesn't make sense, biologically. An antigen would not be distributed to the infected members - an antibody would be a much better possibility. Was "antigen" stated in the episode? The Doctor may have used a virus-derived antigen to develop an antibody that would have been distributed by hypospray (or some other mechanism) to the infected crew. – The preceding unsigned comment was added by Cmdr james valis (talk • contribs).
- I believe the episode does say antigen. As for it making sense, nothing in this episode makes sense. Growth hormones causing a virus to grow? Viruses, unlike bacteria, do not grow in any way. They are just chemical containers for genetic material, not living organisms. This is just another one of Voyager's writers taking liberties at destroying science. Sorry, I just really hate this episode. --OuroborosCobra 19:40, 5 June 2006 (UTC)
- Clearly, it isn't a real virus at all, but a creature that reproduces by injecting a virus into the host. (Precedent: the Tarchannen III species, except that that transforms the whole host; this doesn't) Viruses injected by such a creature would inject the virus turn cells in the host's neck into cells for the creature, which hatches out of the boils in the neck. How would it grow? Well, Farpoint Station could turn energy into matter, and who says creatures that do that have to be able to turn it into something pretty?– Korora 04:35, 24 June 2007 (UTC)