Earlier this week, Peter Palese visited our Uni (he made it through Oklahomas version of hazing: a night of tornadoes, LOL!).
I gotta say, man, that guy might be one of the biggest names in influenza/virology research. He might have a few hundred publications. He might be a member of the National Academy. But that guy? Peter Palese? Hes got the heart of a BLAGGER!
He gossiped with us students at lunch about kook scientists and anti-vaxers and snake-oil salesmen, it was so much fun! Heres my favorite story
Back in the day, when Dr. Palese was cutting his teeth as a scientist, Linus Pauling was still a credible guy. So Palese spent a lot of time/effort/money on investigating how Vitamin C could help us battle influenza. Why not, right? Nobel Prize winner thinks its a good idea!
… yeah, it was a massive waste of time.
His view on Vitamin C and influenza in a recent interview about swine flu:
Can vitamin C help?
A lot of people swear by vitamin C, but there is very little evidence that it works. But there is a placebo effect, which can be useful.
HA! HAAAHAHA! LOVE IT!
He would have made such a snarky blogger…