Virology

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GMO Vaccine-Strain Measles vs Cancer

So scientists cured a woman of a pervasive, treatment resistant multiple myeloma. With a genetically modified, vaccine strain measles virus. Remission of Disseminated Cancer After Systemic Oncolytic Virotherapy *anti-vax-anti-GMOers-heads-explode* The media is going nuts over this, but this is not a new idea/approach. Measles, and certain other viruses, can be domesticated and modified to kill cancers–…

There has recently been (more) discussion about whether the US should destroy its remaining stocks of the smallpox virus: Are We There Yet? The Smallpox Research Agenda Using Variola Virus Like measles, smallpox is a human-only pathogen. There are not bat or pig reservoirs out there– smallpox is only in people. So with effective, world-wide…

If we vaccinated everyone who could be medically vaccinated against measles, measles would be eradicated. Though there are other measles-like viruses, humans are the only hosts for what we commonly refer to as ‘measles’. Use vaccines to cut humans out of the equation? Extinct virus. Its that ‘easy’. Unfortunately, measles ‘wants’ to exist, and they…

CSI: Virology

The best mysteries are ones where the reader, if they are following along carefully, can figure out the answer to the problem as the lead characters do. If you read science blogs and love evolution, then you know exactly where this is headed: Molecular evolution in court: analysis of a large hepatitis C virus outbreak…

Michael Douglas and HPV

Michael Douglass recently announced that his battle with throat cancer was instigated by HPV. We have known for a long time that males can benefit from the HPV vaccine series. I wrote this back in 2011: CDC recommends HPV vaccine for boys! It would be great, for women, if boys got the vaccine too. Of…

Keep calm and do virology

There is another new bird flu. H7N9 Bird Flu Cases Reach 21 In China; Death Total Unchanged At Six  More bird flu cases reported in China  New deadly bird flu virus infects at least 20 in China The NPR article is quite good: Human Cases Of Bird Flu In China Draw Scrutiny This ‘bird flu’…

Another day, another disease treatment strategy based off a genetically modified virus! Prostate Specific Antigen Retargeted Recombinant Newcastle Disease Virus for Prostate Cancer Virotherapy. This one is so clever, you guys. It is so freaking clever! Some of you might know that sometimes, when prostate cancer is present, there is an elevated level of ‘Prostate…

Ricky Gervais: AIDS vs Rabies

I dont know why he took it down, but Ricky Gervais Tweeted the following a few days ago: Any virologists or medical experts out there? What WOULD win out of AIDS & Rabies? Maybe he took it down because he thought it was insensitive or something, but I think its a totally normal, valid question…

1800 gene therapy trials

I wish I wish I wish this article was open access! ARG!! Gene therapy clinical trials worldwide to 2012 – an update This article is a great review of gene therapy as a therapy, and how it has evolved from an experiment that killed children to an accepted therapy that is saving and improving lives.…

YEAH!!! WARBLEGARBLE KILLER FLU is BACK!!!

YAAAAAAAAAAY!!! You know that ‘killer bird flu’ I talked about at FreeOK2?  Last year some governments FREAKED OUT because scientists evolved a mammal-to-mammal transmissible bird flu in the lab, and the government officials were concerned that The Worlds Stupidest Terrorists would try to use it as a weapon. Somehow. For some reason. Whatever. Finally, despite…