Wednesday, 6th May '09
Orthomyxoviridae, or, Yet Another of En Ying's Periodic Attempts to Stop Being a Dumb Lawyer and Remember Some Science
Today I decided to spend my lunch break feasting on Yoshinoya (beef and salmon combo value meal, if you must know) and reading Wikipedia articles on Influenza A/H1N1.
Didn't get that far, seeing as after killing the usual work related emergencies - which have a bizarre penchant for cropping up just before lunchtime - and walking out to buy food, there were only about 20 minutes of lunch left.
In any event, here's the most interesting bit of what I have learnt today:
Influenza A is one of the five generas of Orthomyxoviridae, which are essentially a group of RNA viruses.
Nothing spectacular about this information, I suppose. Not anything worth blogging about, anyway. Not at least until you note the full range of the five generas under Orthomyxoviridae:
1. Influenza A
2. Influenza B
3. Influenza C
First question. Does it perplex anyone other than me that they didn't just name Nos. 4 and 5 "Influenza D" and "Influenza E"?
Second question. Assuming that "Influenza D" and "Influenza E" were such inappropriate names, which bright spark decided to name them what he did?
"Thogotovirus" - The Go-To Virus for WHAT, pray tell.
And "Isavirus"... are you kidding me? Of course I know it Is A Virus, numbskull.
Oh alright, it's not like "A", "B" or "C" were particularly educational names either. But seriously, Is A Virus?! Have some shame.
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good post =)