What I’m Reading Wednesday (WIRWed): 11-21-12

“What I’m Reading Wednesday” or WIRWed is a weekly post where I’ll share some of the interesting articles that I’ve come across.  As a student, I became far too focused on only those publications that directly related to my thesis work all the while missing the amazing science that was going on around me.  What I failed to understand as a student is that there is insight and inspiration to be gained by reading publications outside of your specific family of viruses, field of virology or immunology, or even field of study altogether.

So, to keep me accountable, I plan to blog once a week about the articles that I find fascinating.  They may or may not be relevant to my specific field of study.  I’ll try to vary it a bit, although, don’t be surprised to see some influenza in there (Hey!, it’s a really interesting virus!).  I’d love to hear from you as well!  Comment with links to articles that you would like to share and tell us why they captured your attention.

I’ll be enjoying these articles on a 6+ hour car ride up to New England to spend the holiday with family.  Wish me luck.  T-day traffic and two girls under 3 years old don’t mix well!

Just like her Mummy

Without further ado…

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Love when an article challenges the currently accepted model and makes us all stop and think.

 

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So fascinated by non-coding RNA.  It was ignored for so long as a contributing factor, overshadowed by coding RNA.

OK, here comes some influenza…

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So important to recognize differences in responses amongst the various animal models we employ and carefully assign the value we place on the information we glean from them.

 

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Something about the ability of viruses to thwart our every countermeasure, infecting the very cells that should be able to gobble, gobble them up and clear them.  Gets me every time.  (BTW, that gobble reference was in honor of the looming holiday!)

 

Now, its your turn.  What are you finding interesting this week?  Something new and cutting edge?  A classic?  Doing a bit of catching up in a particular field?  Let’s hear it!  Post a link to the article and your thoughts so we can all share.

 

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Look familiar?

As a grad student, I probably destroyed acres and acres of trees with printouts of scientific articles.  I love to organize with binders and I had a 4″ binder for each aspect of my thesis research: TLR2, Arenaviruses, innate antiviral responses, etc.  The day I cleaned out my desk/bench space, I filled several boxes with paper to be recycled.

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