Monday, March 29, 2010


Some virologists assume that their own pet virus can be the prototype of all viruses. Some people think plaque assays are universal to all viruses.

These people don't understand how different gammaherpesviruses are from other viruses. By being lymphotropic, the field of gammaherpes is wildly different from what you would call classical virology, and thus many assays are also very different.

I hope most of my prelim committee members would be people who recognize this. Yet I think I can be sure that I have not seen the "you should do plaque assays with EBV, too" people around here :D

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