The strangest things have happened in the past 24 hours.
1– New FDA approved clinical trial of anti-HIV vaccine
YAY, right? Except I have no idea what the hell they are proposing to do in this clinical trial, other than what was mentioned in press releases– Its some kind of killed virus. Why the hell putting one killed virus of a currently innumerable quasispecies will do anything, I have no idea. So I tried to look up some back-info on this vaccine, SAV001, in PubMed. Nothing. Tried to look up what this researcher, Chil-Yong Kang, has done with HIV-1 vaccines (“Kang CY”[Author] hiv). Not much, and not recently. So, sorry folks. I cant write anything about this, because I have no idea what the the hell is going on here– if any of you readers have more info on this, I would actually appreciate it.
2– US tries to censor influenza research
You know that viral evolutionary biology/biochem research I wrote about a while back? The US government is officially trying to prevent the publication of that information– once again defying basic logic and science to make a stupid political maneuver.
1. Neither manuscript should be published with complete data and experimental details.
2. Conclusions of the manuscripts be published but without experimental details and
mutation data that would enable replication of the experiments.
Though I am irritated at how long it has taken to retract the XMRV–>CFS paper (aka That Piece of Shit Paper), I will currently cut Bruce Alberts some slack for this:
The resulting virus is sensitive to antivirals and to certain vaccine candidates and knowledge about it could well be essential for speeding the development of new treatments to combat this lethal form of influenza. The NSABB has emphasized the need to prevent the details of the research from falling into the wrong hands. We strongly support the work of the NSABB and the importance of its mission for advancing science to serve society. At the same time, however, Science has concerns about withholding potentially important public‐health information from responsible influenza researchers. Many scientists within the influenza community have a bona fide need to know the details of this research in order to protect the public, especially if they currently are working with related strains of the virus.
Row row fight the powah!
3. UV light has a negative effect on chickenpox virus infectivity
Yes, if you treat viruses with UV radiation, you reduce/eliminate the infectivity of said virus. This guy thinks this is new information, and thinks hes on to a novel explanation for chicken pox epidemiology:
“No one had considered UV as a factor before, but when I looked at the epidemiological studies they showed a good correlation between global latitude and the presence of the virus.”
Except when it isnt:
“For example, the peak incidence of chickenpox in India and Sri Lanka is during the hot, dry, sunny season. You would expect chickenpox to be at its lowest at this time, so at first this didn’t fit the theory. However, this was explained because UV rays are actually much lower in the dry season compared with the monsoon period.”
Yeah, if you take Summer Aphelion vs Winter Perihelion into account, UV light being the dominant factor in chicken pox epidemiology totally makes sense. It also explains why other viruses susceptible to UV light inactivation are also rare in tropic climates, like HIV-1. Wait…
But I guess since we dont have a chicken-pox vaccine, any new ideas are good ideas since we need to figure out a way to stop this virus, right? Wait…
An absurd 24 hours in virology.