In this project we ask - what determines the ability of a virus to infect some hosts but not others? Working with evolutionary biologist Ben Longdon, we're developing a citizen science project using visual programming, craft, tangible interfaces and games to explore virus host shifts – where a virus jumps from one host species to another.
- add host extinct/virus extinct to score record
- add virus description to score record
- increase death rate with susceptibility? highly specialised = quicker extinction
These are ones that can be tweaked & need to be checked:
Currently a probability curve between 0 (totally immune) and 1 (certain to get infection)
"returns the susceptibility of the host of infection to the supplied virus susceptibility will range from 0..1 with 0 being completely immune pow give us a slope so that 1 is always 1 but we reduce the likelyhood with fewer receptors - not science"
The point here is to make the successful strategy one of continual mutation. In order for this to work, we need to construct a tradeoff so that viruses with one or two of each type of ligands are not very good. Specialist viruses should generally be successful to infect.