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April 17, 2007

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Gail Rae Hudson

I wonder if part of the "hostility...in the field" is because this link is simple as well as elegant. I've noticed that Medicine has a tendency to resist simplicity, especially when highly devastating diseases are involved. There's something about mucking around in mud and playing with question marks as though they are Legos that seems to appeal to a lot of researchers. Actually, I guess, a lot of sciences are plagued with this problem.
Thoroughtly enjoyable, provocative post. Thanks, again, Mona.

Gail Rae Hudson

Just want to mention, in case anyone reading this is as ill-informed as me regarding antivirals, here's a fairly decent review of basic antiviral information at Wikipedia (take note, it's been tagged as needing clean-up):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiviral_drug

Patty McNally Doherty

Mona,

I remember Malcolm mentioning something about Alzheimer's and chicken pox. I can't remember what it was. I'll ask him to comment on this as well.

Thanks for the info,
Patty

Dennis Levy

Could the link be via the microglia immune response? Microglia can release chemicals intended to kill the virus, but which can cause brain damage. (If so, a vaccination could be as much of a problem as a solution).

Captain David Hare

Outstandingly well thought out.

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