TWiV 176: Ave, magi virorum!

March 25, 2012

twiv emailHosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Rich Condit

Vincent, Alan, and Rich answer listener email about MS, CFS, EBV, B cells, virii, influenza B, scientific papers, and more.

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5 comments on “TWiV 176: Ave, magi virorum!

  1. #flu #health There is a lack of observation by the medical world on the flu virus. Give up the microscope.

  2. Pdesai10 Mar 25, 2012

  3. This is Tina. What a surprise to here my email read. It had been so long, I did not expect a response. I didn’t realize it was so long. Anyway, I think one of the factors, besides genetics, is the amount or severity of stressors and how those stressors may be influencing virus activity, even if it isn’t replicating. Take a look at Dr. Ron Glaser’s work:

  4. This is Tina. What a surprise to hear my email read. I sent it so long ago, I thought all had moved on. I also didn’t realize it was so long. Sorry ’bout that. Thanks for reading.

    I think the difference in who with EBV (or possibly other herpes viruses?) develop ME/CFS and who doesn’t may include genetics, but also stress. The CDC has been looking at stressors, including viruses, and the role it has in developing the disease. But what affect does stressors have on latent viruses? How does this affect cellular function, particularly in the B cells.

    Please take a look at Dr. Ron Glaser’s work:

  5. Horatio Mar 28, 2012

    Hi TWIV friends.
    Just a comment on the question on influenza virulence and temperature. Don’t you think the question might refer to cold-adapted virus, i.e. virus that doesn’t replica well at body temperature?