On reading, by Simon Wain-Hobson

On reading, by Simon Wain-Hobson, is a weekly discussion of scientific papers and news articles around gain of function research in virology.

21
Feb

The Pangolin Paper

On reading Lethal infection of human ACE2-transgenic mice caused by SARS-CoV-2-related pangolin coronavirus GX_P2V(short_3’UTR) by Lai Wei, Shuiqing Liu, Shanshan Lu, Shengdong Luo, Xiaoping An, Huahao Fan, Weiwei Chen, Erguang Li, Yigang Ton and Lihua Song....
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14
Feb

Going places

On reading Virology – the path forward by Angela Rasmussen and 77 others. Journal of Virology, Jan 3, 2024....
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07
Feb

Do no harm, 1

On reading The InterAcademy Partnership 2005 statement on biosecurity....
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07
Feb

Do no harm, 2

On reading Research must do no harm: new guidance addresses all studies relating to people. Nature, 2022....
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31
Jan

Getting it right

On reading Characterization of highly pathogenic clade 2.3.4.4b H5N1 mink influenza viruses, by T Maemura, L Guan, C Gu, A Eisfeld, A Biswas, P Halfmann, G Neumann and Y Kawaoka. eBioMedicine 2023;97: 104827 October 2023....
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24
Jan

Deconstructing the portrait

On reading ‘The epistemic value of gain of function experiments,’ by Arturo Casadevall, Ferric. C. Fang and Michael J. Imperiale. mSphere 2023....
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Simon Wain-Hobson is an emeritus professor of Virology at the Institute Pasteur, Paris. Wain-Hobson obtained a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Oxford in 1977, served as a post-doctoral fellow at the Weizmann Institute of Science from 1977 to 1980, and thereafter moved to the Pasteur Institute in Paris. He and his colleagues were the first to sequence the genome of the virus that causes AIDS. Wain-Hobson won the André Lwoff prize in 1996 and Athena prize from the French Academy of Sciences in 2007 and is Officier de la Légion d’Honneur. Wain-Hobson was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2022 for his services to the field of virology.

31
Jan

Getting it right

On reading Characterization of highly pathogenic clade 2.3.4.4b H5N1 mink influenza viruses, by T Maemura, L Guan, C Gu, A Eisfeld, A Biswas, P Halfmann, G Neumann and Y Kawaoka. eBioMedicine 2023;97: 104827 October 2023....
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24
Jan

Deconstructing the portrait

On reading ‘The epistemic value of gain of function experiments,’ by Arturo Casadevall, Ferric. C. Fang and Michael J. Imperiale. mSphere 2023....
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Simon Wain-Hobson is an emeritus professor of Virology at the Institute Pasteur, Paris. Wain-Hobson obtained a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Oxford in 1977, served as a post-doctoral fellow at the Weizmann Institute of Science from 1977 to 1980, and thereafter moved to the Pasteur Institute in Paris. He and his colleagues were the first to sequence the genome of the virus that causes AIDS. Wain-Hobson won the André Lwoff prize in 1996 and Athena prize from the French Academy of Sciences in 2007 and is Officier de la Légion d’Honneur. Wain-Hobson was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2022 for his services to the field of virology.