Archive for March 29th, 2012

American NGOs assail CIA over fake polio drive

29 March, 2012

Via Scoop.itVirology News

ISLAMABAD, March 1: An alliance of about 200 US-based NGOs, many of them working in humanitarian operations in Pakistan, has expressed deep concern over a vaccination campaign carried out in Abbottabad (RT @AnjumKiani: 200 foreign NGO’s working in…

 

It’s bad enough getting people in remote places to participate in especially poliovirus vaccination drives, with disinformation like “it is a plot to make Muslims sterile”.  Now they can legitimately point to the CIA using a fake polio vaccination campaign to smoke out Mr al-Qaeda!

Via www.dawn.com

Wavho’s Story and Message to HIV Pregnant Women – Hope for Limpopo

29 March, 2012

Via Scoop.itVirology News

Whavho tells her own story and discusses the importance of Nevirapine for HIV pregnant women. (Video of the day!

Via hopeforlimpopo.ning.com

Endogenous viruses: insights into viral evolution and impact on host biology

29 March, 2012

Via Scoop.itVirology News

So while you can’t actually get there without a subscription, it’s worth using institutional access to get hold of it….

Nature Reviews Genetics 13, 283-296 (April 2012) | doi:10.1038/nrg3199

 

Recent studies have uncovered myriad viral sequences that are integrated or ‘endogenized’ in the genomes of various eukaryotes. Surprisingly, it appears that not just retroviruses but almost all types of viruses can become endogenous. We review how these genomic ‘fossils’ offer fresh insights into the origin, evolutionary dynamics and structural evolution of viruses, which are giving rise to the burgeoning field of palaeovirology. We also examine the multitude of ways through which endogenous viruses have influenced, for better or worse, the biology of their hosts. We argue that the conflict between hosts and viruses has led to the invention and diversification of molecular arsenals, which, in turn, promote the cellular co-option of endogenous viruses.

“Why all our bird flu research should be published”

29 March, 2012

Via Scoop.itVirology News

Ab Osterhaus: “Our current research has also shown that the mutations that are needed to improve H5N1 transmissibility, already exist in the viruses circulating among poultry in Asia today. This has given us a serious wake-up call, warning us that these viruses could spark a pandemic any time now. By sharing our information with our peers and policy makers in the affected areas, we hope to demonstrate that surveillance activities among animals and humans could and should be cranked up for early warning and increased preparedness.”

 

Yes!!  Like we said, quite a few times….  Thanks, AJC!

Via www.guardian.co.uk