The Monster Was Inside You All Along
No one is under the impression that our insides are pristine. For the entirety of our lives, we pretty much act as the host to a multitude of bacteria and viruses taking residence along and inside our bodies, rent-free.
"Look, I filled out some applications at the mall. Be cool."
But last week, scientists discovered a new virus that they had never before encountered, which at first might not sound like that big of a discovery. After all, we're discovering new shit all the time, and when that new shit is so tiny that you need a microscope to see it, it's not much of a surprise that we haven't seen it until now. However, what makes this discovery interesting is where exactly they discovered this virus -- inside the human gut. In 50 percent of all people.
The researchers from San Diego State University who discovered it named the virus crAssphage (capitalization theirs, because scientists have been reading Cracked too much lately for their humor). The fact that this thing lives in half of the human population and hasn't been discovered until now doesn't exactly mean it's benign -- sure, it could be waiting for the perfect moment to flip the "kill the person next to you" switch, but it could also be the cause of any number of diseases or illnesses that we've yet to completely explain. Or, an alien.
"One day we'll activate the galaxy's biggest brown note."
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