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Celluloid Dreams

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by Praveen Baratam
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Archeviral - Part 2

Part 1 - http://www.talkonomy.com/topic/celluloid-dreams/post/14095759159652

1600 years later, a group of archaeologists in search of ancient artifacts start excavating the abandoned village. They first find the village and then the well which looked like a mound / place of worship. On excavation they find many artifacts and jewelry. Excited, they excavate further and find bones and remains. Puzzled by the strange find, archaeologists return to the camp for the night. Next day one of them develops severe flu like symptoms and is rushed to a nearby city for treatment.

In the city hospital the archaeologist dies in 48 hours and very soon flocks of people with similar symptoms rush to the hospital. In a week almost everybody in the city is dead and the epidemic spreads like wildfire across the globe. In a fortnight, in spite of modern medicine, quarantines and armed guard, 80% of the world population is wiped out. Only the genetically immune i.e. the progeny of the previously surviving family, survive and as always move on.

Disclaimer - Pure fiction!
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Javad Anjum, Evangelist - 3 years ago Edit
Research shows that there are roughly around 330 million of these genetically immune individuals spread across the globe. They are speculated to have a specialized gene that renders immunity only if it is expressed. That means, their blood relatives carrying the recessive form of the gene are not immune Oblivious to all of this chaos and disparity, in the remote Alaskan wilderness, a group of 4 scientists are cohabiting with the Naatkuya'k tribe, previously never exposed to western civilization
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 3 years ago Edit
@Javad - The thought process behind this story is that the surviving family has a dominant gene mutation that confers resistance to particular virii that bind to a particular surface antigen. So it is expressed in every individual of their progeny. In 1600 years the mutation is expressed in 20% of the population. Its part guess and part calculation based on number of sirviving offsprings per generation. In the end its hypothetical and mostly fiction. What mutation are you talking about?
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 3 years ago Edit
@Jam - My bad! I am a bit drunk tonight and I am making unfounded assumptions regarding inheritance. Even with dominant gene inheritance, to begin with only 25-50% of the progeny have the desired phenotype and in subsequent generations the phenotype depends on the genotypes of the parents and the level of in-breeding. Nevertheless its safe to assume that 20% of the population have the gene after 64 generations. Leaving all this... How did you like the story?
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Archeviral - Part 1

It all starts in a remote early-medieval village in the sub-Saharan Africa; sparsely populated and surrounded by dry and arid expanses of land with little greenery. Due to an ongoing drought, the village heads decide to dig a well in the vicinity to provide drinking water for the village and their cattle. The next morning they choose a nearby site and start digging. On reaching a good depth, they find old jewelry, tools and broken pottery. Rejoicing over the new found wealth, they dig further and unearth numerous skeletons of both adults and children. Terrified by the sight, they flee the pit and return to the village.

That evening they pray to their ancestors asking for forgiveness and retire for the night. The next day people in the village start falling sick, running high fever and coughing out blood. In no time the entire village is dead except for one family. The surviving family deems the dead as cursed, buries them in the same pit along with their possessions and moves on to find civilization and livelihood elsewhere.

1600 years later... (to be continued)

Part 2 - http://www.talkonomy.com/topic/celluloid-dreams/post/14095794775801
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