Another seminar, tweetified

July 26, 2012

I’m continuing my test of whether live-tweeting from seminars improves my attentiveness. Below are today’s tweets (in reverse chronological order, as usual).

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Slide title: “Integrating phylogeny with GIS [geographic information systems].” Again, I’m lost, but this sounds sexy as hell.

Hepatitus C genome: only ~9600 bases long (not base pairs — it’s RNA!). About the same length as HIV.

“Occult” HCV infection: patient seems cured, then (years later) presents an infection related to the original one (not a new infection).

“Bayesian Skyline” plot. Don’t understand it, but love the sound of it.

Rebecca Gray’s talk is reminding me how bad I am at understanding phylogenetic trees. @phylogenomics would be ashamed.

Where data are lacking, HCV is often assumed to be like HIV, a fellow RNA virus.

Problems with studying HCV: lack of animal model, difficulty with in vitro culture, long asymptomatic period.

Global burden of hepatitis C virus (HCV): 180 million people are infected! That’s ~3% of the world!

URL for Rebecca Gray: http://evolve.zoo.ox.ac.uk/evolve/Rebecca_Gray.html

Today’s UW seminar: “Infectious disease evolutionary dynamics: the strange case of hepatitis C” by Rebecca Gray, Ph.D.

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