Posted by: notdeaddinosaur | November 19, 2011

Viral One-Liners (or: Single-Stranded Humor)

With the NinjaBaker well and truly launched, his new area of study, Molecular Virology, has yielded some great one-liners.


Because he wants to study HIV, for his birthday last year I went to Giant and sent him his very own HIV virion:

But the best part was pointing out that because it was me sending it to him, technically it counted as maternal transmission.


The first month, he worked in a lab studying a virus that infects certain insects, which allowed me to quip:

“Ah: bug bugs.”


This month he is studying SIV, simian immunodeficiency virus, the monkey version of AIDS. It’s all bench work, studying molecular mechanisms; he’s not working with actual animals at all. My response:

“I see; just Rhesus pieces.”


  1. Boo. That is all. πŸ™‚

  2. my husband is a biologist now in pharmaceuticals – with a very dry sense of humor – he has some nice stuffed C diff in a petri dish size container on his desk from Giant Microbes.

    Rhesus pieces – priceless!
    hope your family appreciates your sense of humor.

  3. “Rhesus pieces”, lol!

  4. Too cute! Ny niece sent my new grandchild a stuffed spirochete, guess that will raise some eyebrows at show and tell. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

  5. Ouch! This banter could lead to competitive PUNishment…. πŸ˜‰

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