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With so-called “gain of function” experiments, for instance, scientists genetically manipulate viruses to probe their evolution—sometimes in ways that boost virulence or transmissibility.
Buckley’s editorial declared that the Birch Society had reached “a new level of virulence, a new level of panic.”
We know that it almost certainly does not increase virulence, it isn’t a more deadly virus, number one.
By this thinking, if a germ requires a mobile host to spread, its virulence will, of necessity, decline.
At his instigation a persecution of unprecedented virulence raged like an epidemic throughout the empire.
THE CATACOMBS OF ROMEWILLIAM HENRY WITHROW
I drew my sword, and threatened him but he was insensible to his danger; he reviled me, he spat at me with a child's virulence.
CONFESSIONS OF A THUGPHILIP MEADOWS TAYLOR
The prisoners were freed from confinement; but the result of the trial was, that the virulence of the agitation for repeal abated.
To add to our misfortunes, the cholera broke out in the fleets in Varna Bay and at Baltschik with extraordinary virulence.
Their conduct is a striking display, not only of the virulence of envy, but of the progress and resentful nature of anger.
His Aminta, pushed to it by the woman Pagnell, declined to help him in softening the virulence of the disease.

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