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Virus Appreciation Day

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Virus Appreciation Day

When : Always October 3rd

Virus Appreciation Day is today. It gives us the opportunity to show a little respect for nasty viruses.

Respect!? You want to give viruses respect? I should think not. Rather, let's give them a good dose of penicillin.

Unfortunately, the creators of this day did not identify themselves. Nor, did they leave a record of what kind of viruses we are supposed to appreciate on this day. Human, animal and computer viruses readily come to mind. We sure can appreciate the seriousness and significance of both human and computer viruses. And, we can worry that animal (aka bird flu) viruses may jump over to affect humans.

So, let's dedicate today to appreciating that viruses can be very serious, if not deadly. Let's then take measures to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and even our computers. to minimize the risk of serious viruses.

Perhaps Virus Appreciation Day would be better if titled Virus Awareness and Protection Day. That would make much more sense. If, and when, we find the creators of this special day, we will recommend the name change to them.

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GREENGENES 10/3/2012 11:28PM

    Those who love tulips might appreciate that a virus is responsible for the spectacular color pattern of some tulips.

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CHRIS3874 10/3/2012 10:08PM

    BTW penicillin does NOT work on viruses. Just thought you might like to know.

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THINAGIN2 10/3/2012 5:08PM

    I am not sure that I can appreciate a virus but it's good to be aware of them!

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HANSBRINK 10/3/2012 11:57AM

  I agree, Virus Awareness and Protection Day. Like GREENGENES mentions, the virus has had a beneficial use in science as a vehicle to transfer DNA. But I am also reminded of HIV and other deadly viruses (not just to humans) and their effect.

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GREENGENES 10/3/2012 8:59AM

    Awesome. Yesterday I brought home a virus model a student had made a few years ago. I had left it with some colleagues after a science festival and fortunately remembered it when I visited them this weekend. It certainly got a lot of appreciation from the people on my flights - at least some strange looks and a few questions.

Actually, viruses play a lot of roles that should be appreciated. They can certainly be harmful and are responsible for many serious illnesses but they do play many important roles in biology. For example, they are a key driving force for evolution, providing genetic diversity. There are also viruses that infect bacteria (called bacteriophages) which have potential use as an alternative to antibiotics - a major plot line in Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis - and still being studied today.

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