On a mission SG-1 finds an ancient, apparently lifeless metallic sphere-shaped object and brings it home to study the minute, elaborate writing on it, hoping they can then open it. Jack was eager to get away from the tedious examination, which seemed to be going nowhere, on yet another planetary mission, when the sphere suddenly 'warms up' and surprises everyone by sprouting long spikes in various directions, one of which happens to go straight trough Jack's body which soon infects. A staff-weapon doesn't even affect it, Sam fears it is only being fed energy. The fast-spreading infectious organism causes necrosis even on dead material, such as Jack's uniform and, worse, the computer system; yet it is slowed down by an antibiotic, tetracycline; UV-light shows it even got trough the walls, sneakily infecting everyone, starting with young control chamber Lieutenant Graham Simmons, who is allergic to the tetracycline (and clearly has a timid crush on Carter), only Teal'c is protected by ... Written by
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After the organism gives back control of the computers and they begin the dialing sequence, there is no reason for them not stop the auto-destruct immediately. The detonation is not a threat to the organism, indeed it would benefit it by feeding it. The only threat is to the SGC and the planet and it makes no sense for them not to stop it as soon as they are able once the organism has agreed to leave. See more
The symbiote I carry appears to protect me.
Way to go, Junior!
References The Andromeda Strain
Written by Joel Goldsmith
and David Arnold See more