Category: Virology

Does the coronavirus mean we might soon have a world-ruling Catholic monarchy?

Princess Sophie, the Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein

Certainly an interesting idea, which Adventists could start to worry about. They may not die from the coronavirus, but what about a worldwide Sunday law implemented by a Catholic ruler of the world?

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Coronaviruses and Catholics

Coronaviruses - electron microscopy

Everyone now knows about the Wuhan coronavirus, aka 2019-nCoV, a betacoronavirus related to the SARS coronavirus that has emerged from China. It has spread to various locations around the world, not in large numbers though. Human-to-human spread is possible; the details of how and when are not yet clear. If virus only transmits when the person is symptomatic (like other viruses in this group), it will be fairly easy to control. China has closed various borders. The big unknown is that China has been less than honest with the result of the world.

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Not only did humans evolve from monkeys, but we ARE monkeys

Barbary Macaque

The terms “ape” and “monkey” are not really scientific terms; they’re English terms and the supposed scientific difference came in with outdated classification systems that saw monkeys were smaller with tails and apes were bigger with no tails. There are not apes with tails, but there are tail-less monkeys such as the Barbary Ape, which, by the way, is indeed a monkey and not an ape.

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Should Catholics be pro or anti vaccination?

Pope Francis giving a polio vaccine

Vaccines and the huge benefits they have brought are a matter of science and history and fact, and there is plenty of evidence for those who are willing to look at it. I’ll briefly comment on some aspects of vaccine success and discuss some legitimate instances where vaccines are inappropriate, and I’ll give useful links below; my purpose here is to make a statement and not to provide several years worth of studying science on one page. I’ll also touch on the valid problem of vaccines tainted with a history of abortion.

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Technovirology in action

A virus

Going through that blog, I rediscovered a post called “Technovirology in action” that showed how one can remove a virus (computer virus) from an infected file. The virus was W32.Rungbu, as named by Norton. Back then (May 2007) my Norton Antivirus was unable to remove the virus from the files. So I did something very dangerous, which you should not try at home – I turned the antivirus off, and removed the virus manually. A very entertaining process!

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The baby cured of HIV – my thoughts as a virologist

Picture of a random baby off WikiMedia Commons

My conclusion: It sounds to me as if this is a baby with a current and clearly documented HIV infection, which happens to be either extremely well suppressed and/or only minimally functional. I am of the opinion that this is not a conclusive case of a true cure. The word “cure” has been qualified with the word “functional”. We should be careful using words like “cure” in situations like this – the term “functional cure” is really just the use of “functional” as a weasel word to allow the term “cure” to get into the headlines.

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Extreme rudeness made acceptable

A virus

If you and your boss were talking, and I marched into the room and, in the middle of a sentence, I told you both to keep quiet because I wanted to talk, would that sort of interruption be rude?

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Gmail Paper

Aristotle, Physics

They might want to take advantage of Gmail Paper. A novel concept that will allow them to get their Gmail e-mail sent to them in printed form. The only drawback is that the pope can’t print out what he listens to on his ipod – Gmail Paper says they can’t print MP3 and WAV files.

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