September 28, 2012
SPIT AND SERENDIPITY
The story of how Zambon's team got to this stage is one of smart
scientific detective work, timely checking of emails and a bit of
serendipity. But it starts right back at the basics, with a call from a
worried doctor and some spit.
"Fresh secretions - basically sputum, or spit - were obtained" from
the patient, Zambon explains, after an initial call from doctors
treating the Qatari man caused scientists in her lab to be concerned he
might have a rare infection.
"If you're a virologist in a laboratory like ours and handing
clinical material, whether it be human on animal, you always have to be
alive to the possibility that once in a while you might turn up
something unusual," she said.
Maybe because of that, it happened that two key HPA scientists had
both spotted a post on an internet-based reporting system called
ProMED-mail - the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases.
Full Article: http://wkzo.com/news/articles/2012/sep/28/finding-a-new-virus-spit-sequencing-and-serendipity/