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XMRV Update: The science

Even though XMRV has joined the choir invisible (rather than the list of human pathogens), scientists all over the world have still been publishing on it. Some of these studies were started before XMRVs demise, some were initiated to figure out how/why XMRV died, and some were done just to be on the safe side.…

New Hepatitis C treatment, yet again, maybe!

Novel treatment and treatment stratagies for Hepatitis C infection is something I have written about on ERV a couple of times before: New Hepatitis C treatment, maybe! New Hepatitis C treatment, again, maybe! To briefly summarize, Hepatitis C sucks. It has infected lots of people. It kills lots of people. And we have extremely limited…

Norovirus: Well, shit.

Well this is shitty! A cruise headed for the Falkland Islands was turned away from dock because of a norovirus infection on board: The Falkland Islands came under further criticism Tuesday for refusing to allow a cruise ship with an outbreak of stomach flu to dock, as passengers complained about their missed travel plans and…

A *very* common exchange I have with the general public regarding HIV-1: Person– Where did HIV-1 come from? Me– HIV-1 is related to a virus we can find in African primates, SIV. SIV crossed over from chimpanzees to the human population to make ‘HIV’ sometime in the late 1800s, early 1900s. This event happened at…

Link (you might want to play some scary music while you read this): Locked up in the bowels of the medical faculty building here and accessible to only a handful of scientists lies a man-made flu virus that could change world history if it were ever set free. This isnt an intro to some Michael…

LOOK AT THE FUZZY VIRUS!! I want to flop its ears! Or… ‘cowlicks’… whatever… The French have found yet another HUGE virus, this one even bigger than the previous hugeliest Mimiviruses (random link: Mimis virophage)! This one? They call him MEGAVIRUS! Distant Mimivirus relative with a larger genome highlights the fundamental features of Megaviridae 1,259,197…

I dont know why so many people bag on Pittsburgh. Maybe people who grew up In The Big City dont like it, but to a country bumpkin like me, it is a magical city full of hot boys and glitter. *shrug* Its also home to some of the best virology work in the country. Example:…

File this under “Maybe Nifty, Maybe Nothing”– A couple decades ago, scientists found a compound in the liver of sharks that turned out to be anti-cancer and anti-microbial– squalamine. Though its not the most popular component of the ‘SHARKS DONT GET CANCER!!!!’ myth you might have heard of, it is a part of it. Just…

This study is a case study from this study (lol): Chimeric Antigen Receptor-Modified T Cells in Chronic Lymphoid Leukemia I imagined this scene happened in one of their lab meetings: I didnt go in-depth as to how everything was working before, so I thought I would do it now!

Virologists talkin about virology!

Vincent Racaniello, the fellow who literally wrote the textbook on viruses, had me and Rich Condit on his show this week to talk about viruses! Its a little different than the podcasts I normally do– normally these are really targeted towards a very general audience. Vincents show is more like you all getting to eavesdrop…