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Why We May Need Viruses More Than Vaccines


Fascinating stuff! Healthful bacteria, and now healthful viruses?

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A groundbreaking new study published this month in Nature challenges a century old assumption about the innate pathogenicity of these extremely small, self-replicating particles known as viruses.

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In the study, titled “An enteric virus can replace the beneficial function of commensal bacteria“, researchers found that an “enteric RNA virus can replace the beneficial function of commensal bacteria in the intestine”. Known as Murine (mouse) Noravirus (MNV), researchers found that infecting germ-free or antibiotic-treated mice infection with MNV “restored intestinal morphology and lymphocyte function without inducing overt inflammation and disease”.

The researchers found: “Importantly, MNV infection offset the deleterious effect of treatment with antibiotics in models of intestinal injury and pathogenic bacterial infection. These data indicate that eukaryotic viruses have the capacity to support intestinal homeostasis and shape mucosal immunity, similarly to commensal bacteria.”

Despite the commonly held belief that viruses are vectors of morbidity and mortality that must…

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Along with other stuff I enjoy that pays the bills (a plus!), I'm a budding nurse comic. I plan, like fake Opthomologist Rand Paul, to create my own professional organization solely so it will grant me a Doctorate. In my case, the org will be something like the AANC (American Association of Nurse Comics), and it will (trust me on this point) agree to make me the first ever DNC: Doctor of Nurse Comedy. I'll keep you posted!

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