All you ever wanted to know about viruses

I am a big fan of the podcast series called “This week in Virology“, hosted by Vincent Racianello (also known as “the guy who made the infectious cDNA of Polio”, said with all due respect and admiration); Dickson Despommier (An excellent parasitologist, now into vertical farming), and Alan Dove (a science writer and blogger at

Every other day, they take 1-2 hours, to talk about viruses, the latest good papers in the field, and the weather.

 I love listening to these guys while I inject fruit flies for hours in our little fly room. Sometimes, it’s feels like traveling in space to their studio, and just have a casual lit’ discussion with them. The first podcast I listened to was the one with Raul Andino, casualy talking about RNA interference and immunity in Drosophila (Thanks to my very cool boss for the recommendation, if he ever reads me :)) .

Thanks to them, I already learned a lot about viruses, and most importantly, got contaminated with their “infectious enthusiasm” about good fundamental science and virology in general.

I can only recommend it to anybody who is remotely interested in science and viruses, it’s very accessible to any kind of public.

No more waiting, here is the link to their website :

Shit Graduate Students Say

Hi biologeeks !

Quick post for today again :

Probably one of the best YouTube video about graduate students I ever saw.

I think I watched it over 30 times already, and probably said half of the stuff this guy says.

With time, we literally “quote” this guy in the lab. The most popular quote is “Anybody ?” when it’s late and we are alone in the lab. And every time I have to fill 10 000 tip boxes I say “I’m gonna quit” or “Why I am doing this” !

I hope you like it as much as me.

A good start

Dear -yet unexisting- readers,

I don’t think there is a perfect start for any blog. I think you will find the first things you want to know in the About the blog/About me sections.

Nevertheless, I will start by posting the video everybody nows already. This Lady Gaga re-adaptation of “Bad romance” to “Bad project” became quickly a classic in the filed, and has been viewed 3.5 millions times at the time I write this post.

Congrats to the Zheng lab who pulled it off, it’s a masterpiece.