(A glimpse into my life as a Vanderbilt medical student)

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Viral Binding and Paris Hilton



I can’t tell which one looks more computer generated. While both images illustrate the effective application of modern chemistry, this article unfortunately concerns picture number two (me being a science nerd, it’s always a good bet to go with the most boring choice). Something you could ask about both pictures, however, might be “What the heck is it?” The answer, at least in the second case, would be virus but not much else. It seems that while modern science has been able to concoct plastic surgery out of food poisoning, they are at a loss to explain the actions of a little glob of protein. While it might be slightly unfair to blame the lack of knowledge on an academic shift from virus to Paris, the truth is that science knows relatively little about much of the pathogenesis of these organisms.

As we move into the future, however, a glimmer of hope has arisen from the ashes of despair. The source? None other than that tome of knowledge, the journal of Molecular and Cellular Proteomics. It seems that by taking a cell being attacked by a virus and blasting it with electrons, they have the first visual proof of a viral protease binding to DNA. By interacting with the genome the virus can alter the cellular protein machinery to do its will and thus rules forever as the supreme dictator of all things cellular!! Sorry, got a little carried away.

This news really is exciting, however, as it gives researchers the opportunity to make drugs tailored to attack the virus where it binds. These techniques can then be used to study the DNA binding habits of other viruses thus spawning additional meds. It’s like the circle of death (at least for the viruses). Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go finish my research on the applications of modern science.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

what?...ummmm...ok...I probly will never understand what you said because im a dumb ass...but what the hell did that have to do with the slutty whore Paris hilton? I went to google and typed in paris hilton and clicked images and this was one of the things that came up. It looked interesting so I clicked on it....and you didn't tell this average human being or anyone like myself anything that made any sence...or had to do with paris hilton. No tabloid stuff or shit about here (and yes im aware that I suck at spelling, im also 16...thats my excuse for nothing...but whatever) You kind of suck...have a good life. And I just want you to know your not any better then anyone else.

12:05 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi im also 16 and allthough i didn't get most of what you are saying i think the implications of this new procedure are great, i wonder if cancer can be cured this way?.... I have a family member who is also a medical student and i appreciate the scientific research and hard work that you guys are doing because that makes you better than all the rest of the people who don't care about saving others. If it weren't for all of you guys we would still be in the stone age..... yeah

5:43 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, yeah, Im also 16, and the fact that the first individual who commented on the blog called Paris Hilton "a slutty whore" yet was searching for her pictures anyway, is more moronic that I could have possibly imagined. So just keep on doin what you love (and I love the picture of the brain... stroke of genius :))

4:56 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the first person was using google to seach paris hilton pics and got this....although the article is reletivly interesting i still dont get why the picture of paris is there...and yeah im 16 also, heh and i also dont know how to spell very good, but anyhow like the other to guys i say keep up the good work and great site!

6:37 PM

 
Anonymous Carson said...

Age 25: I found this blog searching for divergent strabismus... then saw Paris Hilton on another post and clicked. No I don't have divergent strabismus, but my dog may.

7:16 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'nuisance' still seems a better term for the first picture !!!

8:32 AM

 

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