Interferons, Plants and Viruses: One ‘likely’ way to prepare yourself for C19 and other viral infections

A longstanding Cuban antiviral is being reported as one of the medications used in China for people infected with COVID-19 coronavirus (C19). It acts as "a protective mechanism, preventing patients from getting worse, reaching a severe stage, with death as the outcome". The antiviral is 'Interferon Alpha 2b'. It has proven effective for viruses with … Continue reading Interferons, Plants and Viruses: One ‘likely’ way to prepare yourself for C19 and other viral infections

Semiosis

This book was brought to my attention by the amazing reading group Anthropocene Exploratory. It documents successive generations of people who attempt to make an alien planet home. Where the first generation are self-selecting ‘refugees’ from an Earth ravaged by war and environmental disaster. The abiding feeling that hit me as I delved deeper into … Continue reading Semiosis

Its not playing god when its done so stupidly: the case of mosquito population control by genetic modification #news (3min)

A recent study shows that the introduction of genetically modified mosquitos to control the population of free mosquitos in south america has at best not worked, at worst made the situation a lot worse. The story goes that with the spread of the Zika virus, amongst other viruses lethal to humans, the idea to try … Continue reading Its not playing god when its done so stupidly: the case of mosquito population control by genetic modification #news (3min)