ZRS Researcher Tenley Albright recently put forth a bold theory about human-to-zombie immunity. She argues that a certain protected class of people will likely show little or no transformational effects from being exposed to otherwise toxic zombie contamination.
Tenley points to the groundbreaking finding that roughly 1% of the global population is incapable of contracting the HIV virus because of a genetic mutation (see: Wired). These mutated human cells have a slightly different structure than most, preventing the invading HIV cells from finding a suitable spot to attach themselves.
“Imagine plugging the wrong charger into your cell phone. No matter how hard you try, you’re never going to get a good connection. The port and attachment just don’t fit.”
The uncovered immunity in HIV, and similar findings in Leukemia and other cancers, has had a profound implication on the way we look at disease, and the future evolution of treatment strategies. Some experts go so far as to suggest that for every ailment there is someone who is immune, we just haven’t tracked them all down yet.
By that logic, Tenley asserts that not only is a certain small percentage of the population probably incapable of becoming zombies, but those people may also hold the key to developing a working vaccine that could help prevent new zombie infections from spreading.
Ultimately, a zombie will still tear you limb-from-limb and leave you to die while it feasts on your internal organs with its zombie friends. Not much your immunity can do to help you out of that mess.
(This article reposted by reader request.)