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|HDthe worst of the worst?
If you set out to engineer the disease which would deliver the maximum amount of
suffering, what would it be like?
- Would it be viral or genetic?
HD is genetic and has a 50% carryover from parent to child.
- Would it affect the mind, the body, or both?
HD affects both the mind and body.
- Would it be short or long-term?
HD causes death an average of 16 years after onset.
- Would the disease attack children, the middle-aged, or the elderly?
At first thought you might respond by saying
"children." It's always so tragic when a child is involved. Remember, however,
that you're goal is "maximum suffering." Which would cause more suffering,
attacking a child or waiting until that child had children of his/her own which you could
also attack? The average age of onset for HD is after the child-bearing years.