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Purifying TMV: a blast from the archives

We have had an in-house method for purifying Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) and its various relatives ever since I got to Cape Town – and it was propagated by copying and re-copying of what was… 386 more words

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From plant virology to vaccinology: a personal journey

A couple of years ago now, an Editor of the journal Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics contacted me to say they would like to profile me as a vaccinologist. 87 more words

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"New Virus Breaks The Rules Of Infection"! No - no, it doesn't

I was prompted to this post by the breathless and much-hyped response to the discovery – the repeated discovery should I say; there was an earlier one that gets glossed over – of a multicomponent flavirus-like virus, this time in mosquitoes. 1,301 more words

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So: will smallpox come back to kill us, from the melting permafrost??

There has been a lot of tweeting today about how Smallpox Will Come Back From The Grave And Kill Us All: see here, here… 395 more words

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AIDS: 35 years old this month

I was alerted via Twitter this morning to the fact that the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report that reported the first recognition of the syndrome we now know as AIDS, was published on 5th of June 1981.   294 more words

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Thabo Mbeki rides again. Let's knock him off his horse, then!

Sixteen years ago, two colleagues and I wrote a letter to Nature expressing our concern about our then-President Thabo Mbeki’s denialist views on HIV and AIDS – views he then tried to push into national policy, and which almost certainly were highly influential in delaying the rollout of ARVs in South Africa.   732 more words

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