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13-Year-Old Finds Fungus Deadly To AIDS Patients Growing On Trees

samzenpus posted about 2 months ago | from the nature-not-nurture dept.

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An anonymous reader writes Researchers have pinpointed the environmental source of fungal infections that have been sickening HIV/AIDS patients in Southern California for decades. It literally grows on trees. The discovery is based on the science project of a 13-year-old girl, who spent the summer gathering soil and tree samples from areas around Los Angeles hardest hit by infections of the fungus named Cryptococcus gattii.

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Stay away from those trees then! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747121)

Seems like a good plan.

Nature is fighting against gays... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747141)

For their crimes against nature!

Re: Nature is fighting against gays... (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747237)

Funny, gays weren't the ones who originally contracted the disease, nor are they the only ones who carry it. Any human can carry it, and it was traced back to cross breeding humans with monkeys decades ago. Blame the wierd eastern countries, not gay people you arrogant fuck.

Re: Nature is fighting against gays... (0)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 2 months ago | (#47747315)

Any human can carry it, and it was traced back to cross breeding humans with monkeys decades ago.

Oh shit, you mean there's gonna be something bad coming out of Scotland too? /sheep

Re: Nature is fighting against gays... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747325)

It seems that you don't realise that you are replying to a post that is mocking anti-gay propaganda.

Re: Nature is fighting against gays... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747717)

Funny, gays weren't the ones who originally contracted the disease, nor are they the only ones who carry it. Any human can carry it, and it was traced back to cross breeding humans with monkeys decades ago. Blame the wierd eastern countries, not gay people you arrogant fuck.

Scientists still say AIDS started because somebody had sex with a monkey. Word? After all these researches, the best explanation that you came up with – nobody fucks monkeys and people, you idiot. -Dave Chappelle

Re: Nature is fighting against gays... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747831)

Bullshit. It's believed it infected humans because they *ate* the monkeys, you freak.

Re: Nature is fighting against gays... (1)

LduN (3754243) | about 2 months ago | (#47748991)

makes me think of the Ricky Gervais skit. Either you caught AIDS from having sex with a monkey... or you cut yourself while preparing monkey Yeah, I was totally eating monkey... etc etc etc le lulz

Re: Nature is fighting against gays... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47748169)

There is no widespread practice of beastiality within the countries where HIV developed. Current operating hypothesis is that it came from improper animal handling procedures resulting in blood-to-blood contact between SIV-infected apes and ordinary humans, allowing the virus to jump hosts.

Re: Nature is fighting against gays... (1)

camperdave (969942) | about 2 months ago | (#47748703)

There is no widespread practice of beastiality within the countries where HIV developed. Current operating hypothesis is that it came from improper animal handling procedures resulting in blood-to-blood contact between SIV-infected apes and ordinary humans, allowing the virus to jump hosts.

It doesn't have to be widespread. All it takes is one instance.

Current operating hypothesis is that it came from improper animal handling procedures resulting in blood-to-blood contact between SIV-infected apes and ordinary humans, allowing the virus to jump hosts.

Probably somebody cut themselves while butchering infected bush meat. Although, such accidents must have happened numerous times throughout history. Why is HIV only around now?

Re: Nature is fighting against gays... (1)

nbauman (624611) | about 2 months ago | (#47749565)

Probably somebody cut themselves while butchering infected bush meat. Although, such accidents must have happened numerous times throughout history. Why is HIV only around now?

Because the people who got it were only traveling around the world on airplanes now.

Also because it spread through gay anal sex and IV drugs.

Re:Nature is fighting against gays... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747445)

The penis does not belong in the anus!

Re:Nature is fighting against gays... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47748935)

Well, stuck something else there then, like a vegetable from the fridge, or something artificial you bought from a sex shop.

Wonderful title (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747145)

I did'nt know there were AIDS patients growing on trees...

Huh? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747149)

AIDS patients grow on trees now?

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747415)

Hell no - they grow on balls. Better check your testicles, you may find a gay attached to them by his lips, or by his rectum.

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747579)

In California they do.

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47748867)

Well, heck, Southern California is the land of the fruits, nuts, and flakes - so some of them must grow on trees!

Re:Huh? (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 2 months ago | (#47749135)

All of California, west of the coast range is the land of fruits, nuts and flakes.

The rest is pretty normal.

Re:Huh? (1)

luttapi (312138) | about 2 months ago | (#47749335)

No. it must be 13 year-olds that grow on trees.

the cure for AIDS (-1, Flamebait)

slashmydots (2189826) | about 2 months ago | (#47747155)

Yay, she found a cure for AIDS. Spread it around and kill them all so they can stop infecting people.

Re:the cure for AIDS (3, Insightful)

i kan reed (749298) | about 2 months ago | (#47747213)

Yeah, it's people who have AIDS that spread it, not people with asymptomatic HIV, right?

I mean, I get that you're just trying to be funny by being a shitty person, but could you pretend to be a shitty person who also isn't completely ignorant?

Re:the cure for AIDS (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747259)

He's not being a shitty person. HIV/AIDS patients should have been killed decades ago. Since all of you feel good do-gooders wont let that happen, millions and millions more people are now infected and dying. So thank you for being the shitty person and exposing everyone else to one of the worst diseases on earth because you're too much of a pussy to actually do what should be done.

Re:the cure for AIDS (5, Insightful)

king neckbeard (1801738) | about 2 months ago | (#47747329)

Except that killing off people with a disease tends to make people who have the disease a good bit quieter about it, which is harmful to eradication. If you want to throw down blame, it would be those that didn't do anything to stop it because it was a disease that seemed to only affect socially undesirably groups.

Re:the cure for AIDS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47748831)

Killing them is barbaric, but I wonder if a quarantine would not have done some good.

That said, STIs are pretty much one of the main reasons why homosexuals were looked down on in the first place. If you read about ancient views of it, you'll see that every other mention talks about them getting sick.

Re:the cure for AIDS (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47749225)

Yeah, that'll be my response to the next time that I choose to do something that clearly risks further spreading a pandemic that has killed millions, so my dick can feel good for a few minutes.

It's your fault, society. You should have pre-emptively done something about the consequences of my actions.

(Yeah yeah, "-1, Troll". Fire away at facts. FWIW, I don't primarily blame gays. I blame the heterosexual pre-murderers in Africa--regardless of skin color.)

Re:the cure for AIDS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747363)

Someone pointed this out last time: Africa. Hello retarded AC? Are you there? I can't hear your answer on that.

Re:the cure for AIDS (3, Insightful)

i kan reed (749298) | about 2 months ago | (#47747365)

"our" [cdc.gov] methods have caused huge reductions in new infections. Your methods at work in places in subsaharan Africa(until recently at least) have led to ignorance, violence, and huge spikes in infections as people try to home remedy HIV away.

Re:the cure for AIDS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747393)

Killing those infected with HIV would contribute to the spread of the virus by eliminating voluntary participation in HIV tests.

Re:the cure for AIDS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47749499)

So make them mandatory. Problem, comrade?

Re:the cure for AIDS (4, Insightful)

orlanz (882574) | about 2 months ago | (#47747509)

Assuming that society takes the moral hit and people buy into the concept by not hiding their infections from testing (basically society as a whole accepts self-sacrifice based on a test)...

Most infectious type of people are not discovered till it is too late. This is a very slow virus. You could be a carrier for months to years and be a vector without showing up positive in a test. Killing off an AIDS victim is kind of pointless, for the virus, the host is well past the diminishing returns curve. Even one that has tested positive for HIV.

Even if you do find and kill off every HIV patient, it won't kill off the virus. Its origins are from other mammals (this version being chimps). Unless you intend to kill everything that has this virus or a potential parent of it. At which point you would also start targeting other currently non-lethal immune system attacking viruses.

So the road above is fairly stupid, comes primarily from ignorance & fear, and in the end, doesn't work. If people don't commit to killing themselves based on a test, the above will actually make the HIV/AIDS situation worse as it will go underground.

The better solution is to let the people live and use them to find a cure. This way, we not only solve the current situation, but also similar mutations in the future. By letting people live, we have already discovered some folks who are immune to AIDS!

Re:the cure for AIDS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47749371)

HIV/AIDS patients won't infect you if you don't fuck them.

Re:the cure for AIDS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747229)

Why am I not surprised at this kind of comment on slashdot. The only thing missing is a jab at women and H1Bs to round it off.

Re:the cure for AIDS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747477)

How about this, kill yourself.

thankfully (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747157)

Fortunately, there are but a few AIDS patients growing on trees.

The Tools of Science (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747167)

Thirteen year olds have access to the results of genetic testing and do basic analysis on them. The tools that are available for people to do science is amazing. It is a good time to be alive. Now if we could only find a way to convince the politicians and parents to let teachers share these insights without forcing students to sit in chairs and be lectured at all day.

Re:The Tools of Science (5, Informative)

Joe Gillian (3683399) | about 2 months ago | (#47747243)

As great as that sounds, it's actually not the case here. The article states that the girl's father is an infectious disease researcher at UCLA and she was sending the samples to a lab at Duke to be DNA-sequenced. It seems like most of what she did was collect samples of the fungus for her father - an interesting summer project, but not exactly hard science.

Re:The Tools of Science (5, Insightful)

i kan reed (749298) | about 2 months ago | (#47747277)

Tenured professors at universities get their names on papers for less work than that.

Re:The Tools of Science (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47748369)

a fuckin men. The I really liked your research paper so I'm submitting it to journal XYZ with my name as the lead author.

Re:The Tools of Science (5, Informative)

sjames (1099) | about 2 months ago | (#47747573)

So why didn't the hard scientists already know where the fungus was coming from?

That's right, because they didn't do the science. The girl in TFA did.

Re:The Tools of Science (3, Informative)

GrumpySteen (1250194) | about 2 months ago | (#47749123)

The student sampled 109 swabs of more than 30 tree species and 58 soil samples, grew and isolated the Cryptococcus fungus and then sent those specimens to Springer at Duke. Springer DNA-sequenced the samples from California and compared the sequences to those obtained from HIV/AIDS patients with C. gattii infections.

Oh look, the "hard scientists" actually did the science.

Dukeâ(TM)s chairman of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Joseph Heitman M.D., was contacted by longtime collaborator and UCLA infectious disease specialist Scott Filler, M.D., whose daughter Elan was looking for a project to work on during her summer break. They decided it would be fun to send her out in search of fungi living in the greater Los Angeles area.

The girl didn't figure out where the fungus was coming from, nor did she even come up with the idea to sample fungus herself. The scientists knew it was coming from somewhere in the environment and, since they had an offer of help collecting samples, allowed the student to assist them.

The girl did not do the science. She just assisted the scientists with the manual labor.

Re:The Tools of Science (1, Troll)

sjames (1099) | about 2 months ago | (#47749547)

You sound bitter.

Re:The Tools of Science (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747597)

So another case of Daddy's Girl Science. At least she didn't steal credit from someone else, like that other girl [cflas.org] did.

Re:The Tools of Science (4, Insightful)

Mike Buddha (10734) | about 2 months ago | (#47748717)

Since when is collecting samples and cataloging them not hard science? Not particularly difficult, but most definitely hard science.

Re:The Tools of Science (1)

nbauman (624611) | about 2 months ago | (#47749613)

As great as that sounds, it's actually not the case here. The article states that the girl's father is an infectious disease researcher at UCLA and she was sending the samples to a lab at Duke to be DNA-sequenced. It seems like most of what she did was collect samples of the fungus for her father - an interesting summer project, but not exactly hard science.

That's pretty common. Your dad helps you with your science project.

There's nothing wrong with that. It's actually a good thing. If you own a restaurant, you'd let your kid work there over the summer. If you're a medical researcher, you'd give your kid a little useful project to do over the summer.

Re:The Tools of Science (1)

Rockoon (1252108) | about 2 months ago | (#47747443)

The question is, how come it took a 13 year old student to find the fungus that is literally growing on the trees in the area where they knew the fungus had to be?

Did nobody at all think to go look for it before this 13 year old girl? Seriously?

Re: The Tools of Science (4, Interesting)

Stickerboy (61554) | about 2 months ago | (#47747613)

Because honestly no one in medicine cares. There's not just one single environmental source of Cryptococcus, pigeons for example are known carriers. Getting rid of these trees is not going to prevent Cryptococcus infections anytime soon. What will prevent them is getting the HIV in the infected properly treated on a combination antiviral regimen so their own immune system can prevent the infection in the first place.

Re: The Tools of Science (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47748999)

Yes, but now faggots will know not to go wrap their arms around trees to hang on while they get pounded from behind. This knowledge will save lives.

Re: The Tools of Science (1)

LearningHard (612455) | about 2 months ago | (#47749517)

Healthy people catch this to. My father is an example.

Re: The Tools of Science (2)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | about 2 months ago | (#47749887)

pigeons for example are known carriers

All the more reason to get rid of these rats with wings.

Re:The Tools of Science (2)

EmagGeek (574360) | about 2 months ago | (#47747605)

It's called Montessori School, and it's wonderful.

Re:The Tools of Science (1)

Oligonicella (659917) | about 2 months ago | (#47748415)

Yes it is. I sent my daughter to an MS. It was a drain at the time but worth every penny. An aside - she now teaches mid-school physics and physical sciences with an elective in robotics. She's in heaven.

Re:The Tools of Science (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47749785)

She's a teacher - and she's dead? Amazing!

Re:The Tools of Science (1)

Ronin Developer (67677) | about 2 months ago | (#47749447)

Incorrect. She used her father's influence to get a position collecting samples. She was responsible for collecting the samples and sending them for analysis. After DNA sequencing, the results were compared against the profile of an AIDS patient and then sent back to her.

From the article..."She was surprised to find that specimens from three of the tree species were genetically almost indistinguishable from the patient specimens.".

That was several years ago. Since her initial findings, the researchers (I believe her father is one of them), established the latest findings through further research and analysis.

But, it was her work that discovered the fungus and its similarity to what infected AIDS patients. That is how it supposed to work - the work of one researcher is expounded upon and extended by another. The fact that she had access to the DNA sequencing because of her father's influence is inconsequential. When I did my research for a science project, I had brief access to a university vacuum chamber - I was a high school student. I asked for a sponsor who had the equipment I needed. This is no different.

Everything is deadly to AIDs patients (-1, Troll)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 2 months ago | (#47747171)

So we are going to sterilize and weaken our entire ecosystem to save a few unfortunate people and bring ruination to the planet?

Pretty fucking retarded. And this is a god damn retarded article. I mean what is this now FARK?

Re:Everything is deadly to AIDs patients (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747387)

Re:Everything is deadly to AIDs patients (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747485)

You mean all the fat bitches driving gas guzzling SuV's and supporting the industries that are lobbying against any productive advancement of the human race, like you.

Fucking shills :(

Captcha: Luxuries, because their your god given right, amiright? sad fact is we could all live in luxury if it werent for greedy shelfish fearful assholes making decisions for the betterment of the rest of us.

Let nature take its motherfucking course you piece of shit.

Re:Everything is deadly to AIDs patients (-1, Troll)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 2 months ago | (#47747599)

You mean the wholesale destruction of marine ecosystems via fertalizer and horrible pesticides like DDT and Chlordane. And to respond to AC's comment below:

We did not need the green revolution to survive and create sustainable food and good life. That was sold to you by people with money and power and now is justified in the name of all the ungrateful greedy assholes who think they are entitled to heart bypass surgery after years of sugary hamburger buns.

IDGAF about burgers. I give a fuck about living an ideologically moral and ethical life and improving our condition and I will speak up against that which is both scientifically and spiritually fucked.

Go die in a fire now bitch.

Re:Everything is deadly to AIDs patients (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747511)

So we are going to sterilize and weaken our entire ecosystem to save a few unfortunate people and bring ruination to the planet?

Wow, way to completely miss the point of the story. Who the hell said anything about sterilizing the planet? If anything, its just a risk factor for people with compromised immune systems. That is, people with AIDS or other immune disorders, undergoing chemotherapy etc, those people shouldn't go walking around in the woods in California.

Pretty fucking retarded. And this is a god damn retarded article. I mean what is this now FARK?

Perhaps you are the one who should be checking yourself for mental defects........

Re:Everything is deadly to AIDs patients (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 2 months ago | (#47747629)

The article hinted at containing and controlling the pathogen and the ecosystem. IMO a wholesale waste of effort for a few people who, really are more of a symptom of our medicine and cultural practices. No they don't deserve to die, and yes it's good they know not to go to California, but that is not how the article nor the slashdot summary was spun.

Aids not the problem (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747223)

Wouldn't it be easier to get rid of the people carrying the incurable disease rather than trying to cure it?

We should do the same with people who have Ebola instead of letting them travel all over the world and infecting others.

And maybe we should start discouraging people who are not genetically compatible from breeding so as to reduce the number of people who suffer from crippling defects.

Re:Aids not the problem (2)

i kan reed (749298) | about 2 months ago | (#47747245)

Because the incurable disease comes after the infectious period begins, numbnuts.

I'm sure you have magic moron powers that will let you detect people infected with HIV who don't yet have AIDS, but the rest of us depend on science and medicine to solve health problems.

Re: Aids not the problem (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747355)

You can't test for HIV?

I guess I was wrong.

Re: Aids not the problem (1)

i kan reed (749298) | about 2 months ago | (#47747385)

Oh, right, so your plan is to implement the (unreliable, which you'd know if you weren't a moron) HIV test across the entire population, in order to commit mass murder for the high crime of having caught a disease.

Please kill yourself next time you catch a cold.

Re: Aids not the problem (1)

orlanz (882574) | about 2 months ago | (#47747531)

You can test for HIV, but the patient becomes a vector for infection prior to the test working.

Re: Aids not the problem (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 2 months ago | (#47749173)

For other STDs, public health authorities engage in contract tracking. But AIDs has lobbiests. If the syphilitic can't get it together to buy a congress critter or two, why is that AIDs patient's problem?

Re:Aids not the problem (1)

Bengie (1121981) | about 2 months ago | (#47747305)

Sounds like a great way to get rid of the Flu or Cold.

Re: Aids not the problem (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747395)

...but the flu and the cold aren't 100 percent fatal to everyone that is infected with them.

Aids/grid and Ebola are. Why do all the horrible diseases come from Africa? Maybe we should burn everything that came that continent. :)

Re:Aids not the problem (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 2 months ago | (#47747343)

I think we can be 100% at this point that if we had spend the money and time we have on trying to develop a cure, on prevention, detection, and education that it would of did a whole lot more good.

Re:Aids not the problem (4, Informative)

i kan reed (749298) | about 2 months ago | (#47747403)

We have spent a ton of money on prevent education and detection. And it has done a lot of good.

Infections are way down.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/new... [cdc.gov]

Re:Aids not the problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747499)

Since you post the same thing the other guy posted above, and since my time is too limited to keep reading this kind of... thing, let me point you to this page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics

which explains why the easy way, like you and others say it, could mean severe dangers to mankind.

In short, no, your idea would not work. And we are soft of heart. We are prudent, sensible. Also, in spite of us being soft of heart, please be aware there has been some persecution against heartless individuals in the past.

Perhaps it would be safer to learn to pose as a normal human.

Re:Aids not the problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47748651)

"Wouldn't it be easier to get rid of the people carrying the incurable disease rather than trying to cure it?"

Well, no.

First because the people that have AIDS are not carriers. The carriers are the people who have not yet (sometimes will never) developed symptoms. Those are almost never detected.

"And maybe we should start discouraging people who are not genetically compatible from breeding so as to reduce the number of people who suffer from crippling defects."

So you are in favor of a law mandating mixed marriages then?

I mean, come on, all these inbred 'white' people breeding back into the tree every generation is not going to do us any good.

Re:Aids not the problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47748685)

How are you going to find them all to get rid of them? Round up everybody and force them to submit to HIV testing? Or are you going to wait until they voluntarily report themselves to the death squad?

dom

Sentence structure (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747257)

So, this fungus, it's only deadly to AIDS patients growing on trees? What about normal aids patients?

It's a right-wing government conspiracy! (3, Funny)

mmell (832646) | about 2 months ago | (#47747263)

1) Create a disease which targets gays, blacks and IV drug users. Check.

2) Disseminate a fungus which grows on trees so we can target those left-wing tree-huggers. Check.

3) ???

4) Profit!!!

Damnit - I forgot the part where we nuke the whales. Oh, well - nothing's perfect.

On trees? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747275)

Good thing there are'nt many aids patients growing on trees, not im my neighborhood anyways.

Young person does something amazing! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747281)

Stories like these always have a common thread: the parent is actually generating the ideas and likely doing the work and providing expertise. This is no different:

"...longtime collaborator and UCLA infectious disease specialist Scott Filler, M.D., whose daughter Elan..."

It is like someone saying this 12 year old is an amazing football player, but then you learn later that their father Pele takes all the shots.

Re:Young person does something amazing! (2)

ganjadude (952775) | about 2 months ago | (#47748373)

even so, its nice to see a father and child doing research, even if she is not old enough to fully understand it all

Modifier fail (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747313)

AIDS patients are growing on trees now? No wonder we can't control this epidemic!

English isn't my native language, but... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747379)

I think there's something wrong with the headline. Can someone parse "13-Year-Old Finds Fungus Deadly To AIDS Patients Growing On Trees" for me? It sounds like there are AIDS patients growing on trees, but that can't be right.

Re:English isn't my native language, but... (4, Interesting)

i kan reed (749298) | about 2 months ago | (#47747419)

English is a naturally ambiguous language, and there are two gramatically correct parsings of that headline.

It's a bit like "fruit flies like a banana"

Re:English isn't my native language, but... (1)

pjt33 (739471) | about 2 months ago | (#47747459)

Only two? I think that grammatically any of the three nouns could be the one that's growing on trees. The 13-year-old growing on trees is even more semantically problematic than the AIDS patients.

Re:English isn't my native language, but... (1)

i kan reed (749298) | about 2 months ago | (#47747497)

Subject verb agreement kills that parsing.

Re:English isn't my native language, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747469)

user@host ~$ 13-Year-Old Finds Fungus Deadly To AIDS Patients Growing On Trees
13-Year-Old: command not found.

Seems that 13-Year-Old has done it witout being commanded. Interesting...

/. Is getting so slow. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747441)

This was on NPR last week. I have quit reading here.

Re:/. Is getting so slow. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747471)

Congratulations, you're ready for an account. Nobody reads here. This is a place for writing.

Missleading title (1, Redundant)

Technician (215283) | about 2 months ago | (#47747451)

I have not seen any AIDS patients growing on trees so this should not be an issue. :-)

Re:Missleading title (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47748527)

They've all already died from the fungus.

Blame Africa (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747463)

If we let all of the niggers die off, they will stop fucking monkeys and other animals, stop getting infected with incurable diseases, and stop destroying the world. ...and Africa, which is actually very beautiful and can be a very prosperous continent once all the subhuman beasts have been removed from the land. Hell, we should do that in America, too. All they do is smoke crack, sell their foodstamps to buy crack, rape, murder, thieve, get drunk, and do everything they can to turn the USA into the nightmare that every African nation is.

Re:Blame Africa (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747777)

I think the only person fucking monkeys is whatever poor sod is unfortunate enough to be in bed with you.

Re: Blame Africa (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47747849)

I am an African American (not by choice), so it is acceptable for me to refer to my peers as "niggers". That being said, I find the behavior and attitudes of most of my kind deplorable, and I truly believe that niggers should be removed, in all their forms, from the earth, so that the white man can turn the planet into a utopia.

Terrible title... (1)

Chiller (1883) | about 2 months ago | (#47747503)

How many AIDS patients grow on trees?

The rhyming tree (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 2 months ago | (#47748223)

There's a fungus among us.

It was thee WHO. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47748567)

AIDS was fabricated in a lab by The W.H.O. Not being sarcastic or trite.

Fungus (1)

NoImNotNineVolt (832851) | about 2 months ago | (#47749299)

"There's a humongous fungus among us." -- Zoidberg [imgur.com]

The disinformation continues (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47749305)

I can't believe this disinformation still continues, especially on Slashdot.

So, let's go over this one more time.

HIV DOES NOT CAUSE AIDS.

HIV DOES NOT KILL PEOPLE.

It's the medical establishment that has convinced people with HIV that they need to kill themselves with toxic drugs that destroy the liver, kidneys and pancreas.

13 year old (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47749365)

13-Year-Old Finds Fungus Deadly To AIDS Patients Growing On Trees
This statement states that AIDS victims grow on trees.
Should not the statement read?

13-Year-Old finds fungus growing on trees deadly to AIDS Patients.

Re:13 year old (1)

pscottdv (676889) | about 2 months ago | (#47749989)

Now you've got the trees being deadly.

A fungus deadly to AIDS patients was found by a 13-year-old to be growing on trees.

The passive voice has it's uses.

Not just AIDS patients and not just in CA (5, Informative)

LearningHard (612455) | about 2 months ago | (#47749503)

My father in the mid-south had a 3 year long struggle with this infection. It has left him a completely different person (three tumors in his brain). This is a nasty disease that was previously sub-tropical and is making its way into North America. The treatment is really nasty.

Amphotericin B has terrible common side effects and the nurses had a nickname for it that was something like "Ampho the Terrible."

Flucytosine is also used and it has a dramatic effect on the mental state of the patient.

During the time my father was taking these medications he suffered kidney failure, massive weight loss, constant nausea and vomiting, poor impulse control (to the point that it was like he had no filter to stop him from saying or doing anything). I'm very glad my father is still alive but even two years removed he still is suffering the effects of this illness.

Hold On (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47749553)

So a 13-yr old finds a fungus on a tree that kills Aids Patients, or kills Patients with Aids, or just Patients in general and the kid lived !?

So the next story will be about the fungus can kill Global Human Climate Warming.

Ha ha. What a knee slapper.

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