H1N1

Posted in RNA Viruses, Virology News on June 15, 2009 by virelegy

posted by Kendra

Just in case anyone lives under a rock, we are now at a phase 6 pandemic level! http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2009/h1n1_pandemic_phase6_20090611/en/index.html

New Arena Virus Identified Lujo

Posted in RNA Viruses on May 29, 2009 by virelegy

A new virus was identified from last fall’s outbreak that killed 5.

http://www.plospathogens.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.ppat.1000455

Collection of odd papers.

Posted in Odd Papers on May 28, 2009 by virelegy

I think it would be cool if we generated a pool or odd papers that got published. We could call it the WTF file or something. I am looking for odd, stupid, WTF and I can’t believe that got published papers. I will start it off with a few. Post an abstract and the paper.
-Kevin
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(CBS) Ask most sexually active people today about the pullout method as an effective form of contraception and you’re likely to induce eye-rolling and snickers.

But withdrawal before ejaculation during intercourse is more than just “better than nothing,” a new study claims, noting that it is nearly as effective at preventing pregnancy as condoms.

The study, titled “Better than nothing or savvy risk reduction practice? The importance of withdrawal,” appears in the June edition of the journal Contraception.

The authors find:

“If the male partner withdraws before ejaculation every time a couple has vaginal intercourse, about 4% of couples will become pregnant over the course of a year. However, more realistic estimates of typical use indicate that about 18% of couples will become pregnant in a year using withdrawal. These rates are only slightly less effective than male condoms, which have perfect- and typical-use failure rates of 2% and 17%, respectively.”

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/reprints/Contraception79-407-410.pdf

Weird news on AIDS in Africa

Posted in Virology News with tags , on May 28, 2009 by virelegy

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5i3fFmuDQJoS24JOHfJ6GdOm6KWTg

Hepatitis as comic material…?

Posted in Virology Fun on May 25, 2009 by virelegy

posted by Kendra

…because we rarely see viruses popping up in comics…
http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1033#comic
http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1201#comic

Swine flu rumor debunked

Posted in RNA Viruses, Virology News on May 15, 2009 by virelegy

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/15/health/policy/15flu.html?ref=science

Random funny things

Posted in PhD Fun on May 13, 2009 by virelegy

The following are not relevant to Virology but I thought I would share anyways since I find them quite funny… Some of you might have read some of them before..

The truth about grad students, post-docs, and professors
A grad student, a post-doc, and a professor are walking through a city park and they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out in a puff of smoke.
The Genie says, “I usually only grant three wishes, so I’ll give each of you just one.”
“Me first! Me first!” says the grad student. “I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat with a gorgeous woman who sunbathes topless.” Poof! He’s gone.
“Me next! Me next!” says the post-doc. “I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with a professional hula dancer on one side and a Mai Tai on the other.” Poof! He’s gone.
“You’re next,” the Genie says to the professor.
The professor says, “I want those guys back in the lab after lunch.”

Dissertation Humour
One sunny day, a rabbit came out of her hole in the ground to enjoy the fine weather. The day was so nice that she became careless and a fox snuck up behind her and caught her.
“I am going to eat you for lunch!” said the fox. “Wait!” replied the rabbit,” You should at least wait a few days.”
“Oh yeah? Why should I wait?”
“Well, I am just finishing my dissertation on ‘The Superiority of Rabbits over Foxes and Wolves.'”
“Are you crazy? I should eat you right now! Everyone knows that a fox will always win over a rabbit.”
“Not according to my research. If you like, you can come into my hole and read it for yourself. If you are not convinced, you can go ahead and eat me for lunch.”
“You really are crazy!” said the fox, but since the fox was curious and had nothing to lose, it went into the hole with the rabbit.
The fox never came out.
A few days later, the rabbit was again taking a break from writing when a wolf came out of the bushes and was ready to set upon her.
“Wait!” yelled the rabbit,” You can’t eat me right now.”
“And why might that be, my furry appetizer?” said the wolf.
“I am almost finished with my dissertation on ‘The Superiority of Rabbits over Foxes and Wolves.'”
The wolf laughed so hard he almost let go of the rabbit. “Maybe I shouldn’t eat you–you really are sick in the head! You might have something contagious.”
“Come and read it for yourself, you can eat me afterwards if you disagree with my conclusions.”
So the wolf went down into the rabbit’s hole…and never came out.
The rabbit finished her dissertation and was out celebrating in the local lettuce patch.
Another rabbit came along and asked, “What’s up? You seem very happy.”
“Yup, I just finished my dissertation.”
“Congratulations! What’s it about?”
“‘The Superiority of Rabbits over Foxes and Wolves.'”
“No way! That can’t be right.”
“Oh, but it is. Come and read it for yourself.”
So the two rabbits went down into the rabbit hole. As they entered, the friend saw the typical graduate abode. A computer with the controversial work was in one corner surrounded by discarded papers. And on one side of the room there was a pile of fox bones, while on the other side there was a pile of wolf bones. And in the center, there was a large, well-fed lion.

The moral of the story:
The title of your dissertation doesn’t matter. The subject doesn’t matter. The research doesn’t matter. All that matters is who your advisor is.