Lab Update: New Strain Isolated
We’ve been working hard in the lab lately, and haven’t had as much time to keep up to date here with the growing infected community. But our dedication has paid off, and we’ve managed to isolate a new strain of The NERD: Nerdicus contagium biochemis.
It was incredibly difficult to isolate this particular pathogen because it seems to only survive in the most pristine lab conditions. Quite unlike N. c. maritimus, N. c. biochemis is spread indoors, and only, as far as we can tell, after most bacteria and other pathogens have been temporarily killed off with bleach or alcohol. We have yet to determine the exact mechanism of infection, but it seems like the pathogen can sit on lab coats, pipettes, and other lab ware for an extremely long time and even withstand sterilizing UV lighting.
Symptoms include obsessive attraction to lab work, attention to detail, a strange thrill from working with extremely small volumes of liquid, and desire to express an unquestionable commitment to molecules. They tend to end up working as molecular biologists, physiologists and biochemists, though not all infected individuals end up in these fields. There also seems to be a strange trend involving tattooing molecules with meaning onto themselves. These people, for example, are likely infected with this strain: