Heard on "Today on NBC"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 30 15:50:46 UTC 2007

Quite so. Have you seen the article on virology in the Dec.3, 2007,
New Yorker? It's not particularly relevant to your post, but you may,
nevertheless, find it interesting.


On Nov 30, 2007 9:47 AM, Dave Wilton <dave at wilton.net> wrote:
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> There are various "cures" for viruses. Anything that blocks the infection of
> cells or the viral replication once infection has occurred could be
> considered a cure.
> There are anti-viral medications and a vaccine administered post-exposure
> can often prevent more cells within the host from being infected and
> full-blown disease from developing or developing in severe form (e.g.,
> smallpox vaccine can be administered post-exposure).
> That said, the range of treatment options for viruses is far smaller than
> for bacteria.
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> Wouldn't argue about them being nuts, but there aren't known cures for *any*
> viruses.
> Dave Hause, dwhause at jobe.net
> Waynesville, MO
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> From: "Jonathan Lighter" <wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM>
> This week's _New Yorker_ has an article about bioengineers who are not only
> describable as "viral spokesmen," they're now resurrecting _extinct_ killer
> viruses for which there are no known cures.
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