Trojan horse effect

Any disastrous result of an anticipated gain; or, the masking of a dangerous agent within an innocent garb
Epidemiology An unanticipated vector of an organism or potential route of disease transmission, such as Hagnaya wreathes, which transport ectoparasites, or used rubber tires that provide ideal breeding sites for the northern Asian mosquito, Aedes albopictus, a potential vector for Bunyaviridae and LaCrosse viruses
Infectious disease HIV can be regarded as a ‘Trojan horse’ type of infection—HIV binds to the CD4 receptor, enters the cell and integrates itself into the host genome as a provirus, thus remaining hidden from the immune system, similar to the Trojan horse; upon lysis of the CD4 receptor-positive cells—helper T cells—and macrophages, the virus is liberated and HIV-1 either re-enters the circulation or continues infecting other cells via the CD4 receptor

Trojan horse effect

Any disastrous result of an anticipated gain; or, the masking of a dangerous agent within an innocent garb Epidemiology An unanticipated vector of an organism or potential route of disease transmission–eg, Hagnaya wreathes, which transport ectoparasites or used rubber tires that provide ideal breeding sites for the northern Asian mosquito, Aedes albopictus, a potential vector for Bunyaviridae and LaCrosse viruses
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The study authors noted that this Trojan horse effect has been shown before, but the new research provides an analysis of the interplay between viral genetics and immune response with unprecedented detail, going beyond the main serotype.
We have always feared the Trojan horse effect, that once North Hoyle and Rhyl Flats had been constructed, it would enable companies to in-fill the gaps along our coastline and thus completing the total industrialisation of our scenic areas of natural beauty.
One particular risk they told us was the Trojan Horse effect.