Scientific conferences are so cool
It s bunch of really smart people getting together to pow-wow about a common interest, sharing their newest data, brainstorming new ideas, trouble-shooting, arguing, finding new collaborators– its just so friggen cool
Unfortunately, us smaller labs can only budget for one/a couple of these a year, so I am missing out on the 2011 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections Its also kind of a downer that Average Joes/Janes arent really allowed to come, not that most people could take a week off work to attend anyway.
Lucky for us ViroBlogy (LOL!) has someone covering CROI this year!
Long-time readers of ERV will appreciate the coverage of cutting-edge topics like viral micro-RNAs and treatment advances in Third World countries, how to induce broadly-neutralizing antibodies to HIV (or rather, how we probably cant) and competitive inhibition between viruses, and HIV-1 structures and MHC presentation.
If you have CFS, do not buy a test for XMRV (they are entirely BOGUS, as Simon Singh might have said), and do not ask your doctor for antiretroviral medication (unless you are HIV positive, of course). It will be a waste of money, and you will just get the side effects of the medication, without any benefit.
Thank you Jesus. This message needs to get out, NOW. Watching CFS patients take antiretrovirals has been like watching a monkey swallow a hand grenade. The scientists credulously accepting that one damn paper to the media, or worse, the ones encouraging antiviral use, should be the ones getting this message out the loudest. The damage has been done– but are you going to help fix it, or are you going to sit on your hands and pretend nothing happened while the public is misinformed to liver/kidney failure?