Fatalness of Virus
As with his pontifications on sheep's wool and polar bear hair, Ji-Huan He has a bad habit of publishing not just one but two papers on any inane thought that pops into his head, and virology turns out to be no exception. Fatalness of Virus has been followed up by Effect of temperature on metabolic rates of virus and host cells, Current Opinion in Biotechnology, Volume 22, Supplement 1, September 2011, Pages S43-S44, European Biotechnology Congress 2011. This is one of those conference proceedings that will publish anything by the attendees because peer review is assumed to be the responsibility of the organizers.
Here's the abstract:
It appears that the more complex viruses (e.g., HIV and SARS coronavirus) the more it tends to be fatal. The question is “Why is it that way?”. We conclude in this report that the highly active metabolism of viruses is the key to answering this question. The increase in body temperature leads to the remarkable increase in the metabolic rate of the host cells. In turn, this leads to an unexpected threat to the virus colony where the host cells might become more metabolically active than the invading viruses. Either this will render the viruses harmless or they will be eliminated. The report also gives a hint to possible thermal therapy and physical exercise therapy [my emphasis] as well as an explanation as to why HIV rarely affects monkey.
The link I gave is to a paywall, unfortunately. If any reader has free institutional access to the full PDF, please email it to me and I will add it to this post for our interest and amusement.
Thanks to Shrink for pointing out this medical breakthrough paper.
PS. Ji-Huan He had the opportunity to publish his paper in the conference proceedings because he did indeed attend. I had not noticed that. In fact he gave a presentation.
UPDATE: Ask and ye shall receive. Thanks to the reader who responded to my request for the PDF. I have embedded it below. Unfortunately it contains little more than the same abstract. I wonder whether the full paper will appear somewhere.
Two Ji-Huan He Abstracts
This is not a complete loss, though. Have a look at OP39, another abstract for a paper by He et al. Electrospinning is a method of using an electrostatic charge to draw viscous polymers into fibers that accumulate into a felt-like mat. In "Drug-loaded nano materials by electrospinning", they have written about dissolving aspirin in the source polymer.