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There are more blogs on the net that can be counted. There is a blog for peer-reviewed research blogs. The following link lists concatenated blog entries from various blogs related to virology:    Research Blogging
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Below are entries from specific blogs, all listed on the Research Blogging (http://researchblogging.org/) site.

Virology blog by Vincent Racaniello Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology at Columbia University Medical Center.

virology blog
About viruses and viral disease
Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:28:08 +0000

    Defective viral genomes and severe influenza
    The virulence of a virus – its capacity to cause disease – is determined by both viral and host factors. Even among healthy individuals, infection with a particular virus may have different outcomes ranging from benign to lethal. The study of influenza viruses that cause mild or fatal outcomes reveals that defective viral genomes play […]
    Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:28:08 +0000

    Trial By Error: QMUL and FOI; Nature and Cochrane; the Pineapple Fund
    By David Tuller, DrPH Queen Mary University of London seems to have devised a fail-safe method of avoiding having to comply with more PACE-related freedom-of-information requests—just declare no one is around who can deal with it. Earlier this month, the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office issued a decision in an appeal of QMUL’s rejection of a […]
    Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:06:50 +0000

    TWiV 480: The PFU in your achoo
    Scott Hensley joins the TWiVites to review the current influenza season and presence of the virus in exhaled breath of symptomatic cases. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>&lt;span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&amp;lt;span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/span&amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: […]
    Sun, 11 Feb 2018 16:33:01 +0000

    A breath of fresh influenza virus
    Influenza virus may be transmitted among humans in three ways: by direct contact with infected individuals; by contact with contaminated objects (called fomites, such as toys, doorknobs); and by inhalation of virus-laden aerosols. A recent study suggests that normal tidal breathing plays a substantial role in aerosol transmission. Volunteers in a college community were screened for […]
    Fri, 09 Feb 2018 03:48:31 +0000

    Trial By Error: Letter to British Journal of Sports Medicine from CPET Experts
    By David Tuller, DrPH Last October, the British Journal of Sports Medicine published a short paper that was essentially a summary of Cochrane’s systematic review of graded exercise for chronic fatigue syndrome (as Cochrane calls the illness). This systematic review is problematic for a number of reasons—not least of which is that it includes the […]
    Mon, 05 Feb 2018 21:36:53 +0000

    TWiV 479: Trypsin the flight fantastic
    The TWiVome explores induction of antiviral responses by repeating patterns of capsids, and a fungus in the mosquito gut that aids dengue virus replication. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>&lt;span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&amp;lt;span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/span&amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;span […]
    Sun, 04 Feb 2018 15:10:59 +0000

    A human rhinovirus in chimpanzees
    An outbreak of respiratory disease in Ugandan chimpanzees provides insight into how virus infection can shape the genome and lead to differences in the cell receptor gene that regulate susceptibility to infection. Severe respiratory disease was noted in the Kanyawara community of chimpanzees in western Uganda from February to August of 2013. During this outbreak, […]
    Fri, 02 Feb 2018 03:27:37 +0000

    Trial By Error: A Letter to Archives of Disease in Childhood
    By David Tuller, DrPH Earlier today, Professor Racaniello e-mailed the following letter to Nick Brown, the editor-in-chief of Archives of Disease in Childhood, one of the journals from the BMJ Group. Archives recently published a study of the Lightning Process in kids with ME/CFS. ********** Dear Dr. Brown: In September, Archives of Disease in Childhood […]
    Tue, 30 Jan 2018 19:58:25 +0000

    TWiV 478: A pox on your horse
    The TWiV team explains how infectious horsepox virus – likely the ancestor of smallpox vaccines – was recovered from chemically synthesized DNA fragments. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>&lt;span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&amp;lt;span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/span&amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;span data-mce-type=”bookmark” […]
    Sun, 28 Jan 2018 16:36:38 +0000


The Microbe Blog - by Moselio Schaechter & Merry Youle American Society for Microbiology:

Small Things Considered
A blog for sharing appreciation of the width and depth of microbes and microbial activities on this planet.
2018-02-15T05:00:00-08:00

    Microbial Olympians
    by Jamie | With the approach of the meter-scale winter Olympic Games, we're considering likely contenders at the latest nanometer scale games, where microbes strut their stuff and awe us with their performance of amazing feats. Never heard of the Microbial Olympics?
    2018-02-14T14:48:06-08:00

    The Nuclear Option
    by Christoph | When considering "Who ate whom?", you're likely to think of the eukaryotes. They gobble up just about everything by phagocytosis, a common property of unicellular protists and cells of more complex multicellular eukaryotes such as us humans (macrophages, for example). And whether it's microplastics, mineral fibers like asbestos, organic debris or living...
    2018-02-15T04:35:16-08:00

    Notable Papers in 2017 – a Follow-up
    by Elio | Over a week ago we posted the responses to our query about a notable paper that appeared in 2017. A number of friends and colleagues responded with alacrity. The responses were remarkably varied and included research in widely disparate branches of microbiology. Whereas many of the responses were from people...
    2018-02-08T04:48:17-08:00

    Wine Archaeology
    by Roberto | In his recent murder mystery post Dial "V" for Murder, Christoph stated that fewer that 30 out of STC's 1,200+ posts had dealt with the topic of horizontal gene transfer. Considering the cardinal role of that process in the evolutionary history of microbes, such a small fraction of posts – relative to the importance of the subject matter – led him to argue that one more post on the topic would not prove redundant.
    2018-02-05T00:18:23-08:00

    Ocean's Tiniest Predator
    by Christoph | In popular terms, the marine food chain goes like this: "phytoplankton feed the zooplankton that feed the small fish (larvae) and crustaceans that feed the larger fish that feed the even bigger fish that feed us". Thus we have us, Homo sapiens, together with the great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, and...
    2018-02-01T02:08:40-08:00


Laikaspoetnik Blog Virology/Infectious Diseases entries:

To Retract or Not to Retract… That’s the Question
In the previous post I discussed [1] that editors of Science asked for the retraction of a paper linking XMRV retrovirus to ME/CFS. The decision of the editors was based on the failure of at least 10 other studies to confirm these findings and on growing support that the results were caused by contamination. When the authors refused […]
Tue, 07 Jun 2011 13:34:25 +0000

Science Asks to Retract the XMRV-CFS Paper, it Should Never Have Accepted in the First Place.
Wow! Breaking! As reported in WSJ earlier this week [1], editors of the journal Science asked Mikovits and her co-authors to voluntary retract their 2009 Science paper [2]. In this paper Mikovits and colleagues of the Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI) and the Cleveland Clinic, reported the presence of xenotropic murine leukemia virus–related virus (XMRV) in peripheral blood mononuclear cells […]
Thu, 02 Jun 2011 21:34:34 +0000

Does the NHI/FDA Paper Confirm XMRV in CFS? Well, Ditch the MR and Scratch the X… and… you’ve got MLV.
The long awaited paper that would ‘solve’ the controversies about the presence of Xenotropic Murine Leukemia Virus-related virus (XMRV) in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) was finally published in PNAS last week [1]. The study, a joint effort of the NIH and the FDA, was withheld, on request of the authors [2], because it contradicted […]
Mon, 30 Aug 2010 03:32:21 +0000