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Medusa #8x13  02.11.01 
Medusa Medusa

With a history dating back to the 1600's, Boston, Massachusetts can lay solid claim to the birthplace of American mass transportation. Evolving from ferries and horse drawn carriages, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) boasts the fourth largest mass transit system in the country, serving more than 700,000 people a day. The subway system, fondly known by the MBTA's nickname the "T", was temporarily renamed the "M" in this episode for fictional purposes.

Although the robotic sniffers mentioned in this episode are fictional, the expert from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is based in fact. Within the CDC, specifically the National Center for Infectious Diseases, under the Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, there exists a specialized subdivision called the "Meningitis and Special Pathogens Branch". These scientists are well known for their special expertise in dealing with dangerous bacterial infections that pose a threat to public health -- especially those bacteria and pathogens which cause unexplained deaths. For more information on these virus-hunters, visit: www.cdc.gov

Seawater, which makes up more than 70 percent of the oceans and seas of the world, is a solution derived from the erosion of the rocks and minerals. Its chemical composition is approximately 96.5 water, 2.5 percent sodium chloride (the scientific name for salt) and one percent magnesium, calcium, potassium and a various other trace elements. While the actual salinity of the oceans averages out to 35 parts per 1000, the most brackish body of water, the Dead Sea, averages out to 300 parts per 1000.

Human beings and other fellow mammals use perspiration, or sweat, as the body's way of temperature control. Sweat is mainly composed of water, sodium chloride, and other electrolytes, and when it evaporates from the skin surface, it removes the excess heat, thus cooling the body. The average person has about 2.6 million sweat glands distributed within their skin - of which there are two types, eccrine glands and apocrine glands. While the eccrine glands secrete a more fluid sweat, the apocrine glands excrete a fattier sweat that breaks down and causes a distinct, pungent odor. These glands are only located in the armpits, nipples, navel, and anogenital region and become more active in humans with the onset of puberty.

Hellura Lyle and Kai Bowe are named after two Writers Guild trainees on The X-Files staff during the first part of Season 8.

Steven Melnick is named for the Vice President of Media Relations at Twentieth Century Fox Television. He was formerly the publicist for The X-Files.