On Thursday May 17, 2012, our lab went on a bit of a holiday to the historic UC Berkeley campus (known to the natives as THE University of California, as it was the first) to attend the 2nd Annual Bay Area Symposium on Viruses. While the symposium granted the podium to a number of excellent presenters, my favorite was Joe DiRisi of UC San Francisco, with his talk Tales from Veterinary Virology: Why Snakes Go Crazy. Now, you might say that my bias is due to the subject matter, and, in part, that's true. The talk was an excellently presented summary of the process of virus discovery, from disease to sequence, to proving Koch's postulates (which, in their case, is still in the works).
|Berkeley- famous for the original UC and as the birthplace of my Dad. Oh, and Cheeseboard.|
|Boa exhibiting neurologic signs associated with IBD (Laboklin Labs)|
|Large pink viral inclusions in a boid pacreas (Laboklin Labs)|
Aside from the obvious coolness factor of this study, I had a primary interest in the presentation; it outlines exactly what my lab is trying to do with a carnivore polyoma virus. Now just to get it to work...residency project, here I come!