WORLD HIT BY VIRUS: Scenes from the sci-fi action adventure film I Am Legend, starring Will Smith as virologist
Speaking outside the Pirbright laboratory near Guildford, Surrey, retired clinical virologist
Ruth Watkins said: "The fact is this has come from the laboratory.
For the most part, the people who have come down with this bird flu have been in long, sustained contact with the feces and respiratory secretions of infected birds," says John El-Attrache, an avian virologist
at Texas A&M University.
A nice touch was the inclusion of a short annotated bibliography of books for the lay audience dealing with the history of these agents, plus a second list of specialized textbooks of more interest to the practicing virologist
The stupidest virus is cleverer than the cleverest virologist
In her film, former virologist
Dr Ruth Watkins, who now farms in the Brecon Beacons, makes the case for vaccination.
It quotes a virologist
from Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine as saying, "It's not a question of if the infection will occur here; it's when.
At the risk of pitching the stakes too high, I am reminded of an essay David Baltimore wrote in 1978 titled "The Limits of Science," in which the Nobel Prize--winning virologist
considered whether scientists should conduct certain kinds of experimentation just because they could do so.
Micropathology Ltd's Dr Colin Fink, a clinical virologist
and GP, said: "The company has experienced steady growth since we set up four years ago and we are able to offer a very high standard of service to hospitals throughout the UK and overseas.
Hahn, a virologist
, works with her husband, George Shaw, who has gone to Africa twice in the last 10 years for such studies.
On August 20, 1994, the Connecticut Department of Public Health and Addiction Services received a report of a case of acute illness in a virologist
suspected to be associated with Sabia virus, a newly described arenavirus.
Also a mystery was whether the virus persists within long-lived cells or continually infects new ones, says Charles Bangham, an immunologist and virologist
at Imperial College London.