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Online gamers become guinea pigs

Epidemics uncorked in virtual worlds

A World of Warcraft scene was strewn with the skeletons of players who succumbed to the Corrupted Blood epidemic. A World of Warcraft scene was strewn with the skeletons of players who succumbed to the Corrupted Blood epidemic.
By Carolyn Y. Johnson
Globe Staff / August 25, 2007

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When an estimated 4 million people encountered a deadly epidemic called Corrupted Blood that left the landscape strewn with corpses, scientists were intrigued, not horrified. Similarly, when Whypox, a measles-like disease, was unleashed into a community of over 1.2 million young adults, researchers sat back and took notes. (Full article: 1028 words)

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