Wow! Awesome time at the Viral Evolution conference! But now I have a ton of work/blogging to catch up on!
First and foremost:
I must have had a near-death experience this weekend, or something, cause I was in heaven. Get this– I got to see two gods in abiogenesis, Susanna Manrubia and Valerian Dolja, get into a good-natured debate over the probabilities of there being life on other planets at dinner. Marco and I were cheering on Susanna (Valerian was dead the second he brought up astrophysics, unaware that was Susannas area of expertise).
We were eating enchiladas.
It was so surreal. Like having afternoon tea with Luke Skywalker and Gene Kelly.
The Nobel Prizes:
While Im pleased the Nobel Prize for Medicine went to virologists this year… Im kinda confused. I mean, you expect a Nobel for the people who cure HIV-1, or make an effective vaccine… not for the folks who found the virus. Its just… odd.
As far as the Gallo snub goes, I wasnt even born when Montagnier discovered HIV-1, so Im not the best person to ask about the research drama going on at that time All I know is, Montagnier found it first. *shrug*
The second presidential debate:
Just in case you missed the second debate last night, I found a 45 second recap on YouTube: