Talk:List of Medical Risks

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Since there are no complex liforms on Mars to infect, native life would not have become pathogenic. There is much more of a risk of the colonists contaminating Mars, then there is of Mars contaminating the colonists. Such worrys likley belong in the realm of science fiction. T.Neo 07:45, 16 October 2008 (UTC)

If it's inconsistent with scientific knowledge then it's not really science fiction. 8) ...or at least not GOOD science fiction (old science fiction gets a free ride in that it's adhering to obsolete scientific knowledge).
That said, the seeming unlikelihood would be an argument to place in such an article. Counterargument to put in that article: Assuming adequate separation between domestic microbes and invading Terrestrial life, whether or not a given microbe was evolved to be pathogenic is irrelevant: whether or not it has an immediate opportunity to fill a pathogenic niche would be by pure chance. Also, just because an interaction may be bad and kill the microbe, doesn't mean it's good for the terrestrial multicellular organism either... -- Strangelv 11:43, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
The proposed article could definitely have a better name, admittedly... -- Strangelv 13:08, 18 October 2008 (UTC)