24 September 2010

A Picture of Health

The purpose of this entry is to provide some microscopy images and diagrams generally of retroviruses, and more specifically of the XMRV retrovirus, as well as images of Murine Leukemia Viruses and infected animal cells.  Please forgive the fact that some of the captions do not line up perfectly with the images, due to formatting difficulties.

Left: Diagram of retroviral replication process, retrieved 24 September 2010 from http://home.ncifcrf.gov/hivdrp/RCAS/replication.html

Left: Scanning electron micrograph of the surface of a mouse cell infected with murine leukemia virus, retrieved 24 September 2010 from http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/animal+virus
Left: Retrovirus attached to cell wall, retrieved 24 September 2010 from http://www.unites.uqam.ca/biologie_moleculaire/recherche2.html

Left: Purified Friend Murine Leukemia Virus retrieved 24 September 2010 from http://www.virusmyth.com/aids/index/hivpictures.htm
Left: Murine leukemia virus released from infected cells.  Retrieved 24 September 2010 from http://biochemistry.hs.columbia.edu/research/gerst_index.html

Left: MLV's responsible for causing cancers. Retrieved 24 September, 2010 from http://www.unites.uqam.ca/biologie_moleculaire/recherche2.html

Left: XMRV Nodules. Retrieved 24 September from http://healthmattershow.com/xmrv-not-like-hiv/
Left: Retrieved 24 September from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/09/090907162310.htm
Left:  Infected prostate tissue cells are shown in green.  Retrieved 24 September from  http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/oct/09/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-xmrv-research
Left: XMRV.  Retrieved 24 September from http://www.thelatestnews.in/xmrv-found-in-human-prostate-cancer-cells/18511.html
Left:  A retrovirus invades a cell.  Retrieved 24 September from http://scientistsnotebook.com/?tag=xmrv
Left: Virion. Retrieved 24 September from http://theiciexperience.blogspot.com/2009/11/xmrv-retrovirus-not-just-for-mecfs.html
Left:  Transmission electron microscopy of XMRV.  Retrieved 24 September fromhttp://www.bioscience.utah.edu/mb/mbFaculty/singh/singh.html
Left:  XMRV, present in prostatic epithelium. Retrieved 24 September from http://www.flickr.com/photos/ajc1/3919177347/
Left: An electron micrograph shows the XMRV retrovrius in the blood of a patient with chronic fatigue syndrome.  Retrieved 24 September fromhttp://www.wellsphere.com/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-article/cfs-cfids-me-link-to-xmrv-retrovirus-similar-to-hiv-htlv-and-leukaemia-viruses/873701.  More images can be sourced from Google.com, by typing in XMRV or Murine Leukemia Virus.


  1. Wow, well if I have some of that living inside of me then I reckon I'd qualify to get a job working on the next 'Lost in Space' movie hahaha. How bizarre!

  2. These pictures are fascinating and yet somewhat terrifying to see. Especially the one with all of the spikes sticking out of the virus. It feels kind of like I have come face to face with my enemy.

  3. These all the pictures are very nice and can easily understand the system of our body. Hence these pictures can proved to be very helpful.

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