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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’…

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…

Crazy random happenstance considering the post earlier this week on ‘religious’ vegans refusing the influenza vaccine in hospitals: Flublok, a Flu Vaccine, Wins F.D.A. Approval The vaccine, developed by a small company called Protein Sciences, is made with a process that does not require the virus to be grown in chicken eggs, as is now…

GET THE FLU SHOT!!! (its not too late!)

My boss and I are very busy people. Weve got big stuff going on.  BIG STUFF.  So we didnt have time to get the free flu shots the university offered like 500 times last fall. About three weeks ago– Bossman: Meh, Im feeling kinda sniffly. Im gonna go get pho for lunch. Me: Cool!  Im…

Family Guy, S07E02 ‘I Dream of Jesus’: Peter: Brian, can I see that paper for a sec? (Brian gives Peter the paper. Peter peruses the paper.) Peter: Huh… that’s odd… I thought that would big news. Brian: You thought what would be big news? Peter: Well there seems to be an absence of a certain…

February 2009– Republican senators, led by a Susan Collins (R-ME) stripped Obamas stimulous package for funding to the CDC and pandemic flu preparedness: “Everybody in the room is concerned about a pandemic flu, but does it belong in this bill? Should we have 870 million dollars in this bill? No, we should not.” Stimulus bill…

There has been a ‘fun’ story going around the scientific and pop-culture media circles for the past couple of months. Apparently, a couple of labs worked together to make a ‘bird flu’ a ‘mammal/people flu’, and somehow terrorists are going to use this information to kill everyone on planet earth, and this research must be…

SNP CC in IFITM3 is a boon for H1N1, FWIW

The technology we have available to us today in the lab is both a boon and a bafflement. Example: The screens we have for RNA expression in cells is so sensitive we can see tiny changes in RNA expression levels in healthy/diseased/drug treated/etc cells. YAY! More information! More observations! More new ideas for research!… Except,…

EMAIL! (technically, a paraphrased really great question from someone at FreeOK!) Dear ERV– Is there any reason why I, a young healthy adult, really *need* to get the flu shot every year? Even if I do get the flu, wont that just make my immune system stronger? Blech. Flu shots. Every damn year people are…

*heavy-sigh* HIV Research World is infecting other fields: A Highly Conserved Neutralizing Epitope on Group 2 Influenza A Viruses Media coverage of referenced paper: Discovery of Natural Antibody Brings a Universal Flu Vaccine a Step Closer No, it doesnt. Unless if by ‘universal flu vaccine’ you actually mean ‘gene therapy for everyone instead of flu…