Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Herpes: The Cadillac of Viruses

My day was interesting on several levels. First, a favorite professor from my college days (Dr. R) came by for a visit and a seminar, and I got to say hello to him and hear about his research. Second, I found out that he's Vice Chair of the department there now! And third, he said something pretty funny in his seminar that will stick with me for a while:

"Herpes virus is the Cadillac of viruses - it's no Honda Civic."

(he meant that Herpes viruses come fully loaded and ready to impress)

He went on to lecture about the details of Herpesvirus and how they exit from mammalian cells, but I was so insulted by his Honda Civic comment I could hardly pay attention. Or was it an insult? I'm not sure.

4 comments:

Tora said...

I found your blog through the NaBloPoMo randomizer :)

I don't think it was unnecessarily an insult. A Cadillac is a luxury, town car and a Honda Civic is a fast, energy efficient car but it's not really for just driving around, not like a Cadillac... okay nevermind this is running away from me.

Katy said...

i believe that comment is somewhat accurate assuming then that the vaccinia virus is like a H2 hummer because it's SUPER fully loaded. Just think of your honda civic as a influenza virus. Small, but still able to zip around...

Peggy said...

Ew - I wonder what viral cruise control would be.

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