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New Virus Named Yada Yada After Seinfeld Catchphrase Because It's Not Such a Big Deal

New Virus Named Yada Yada After Seinfeld Catchphrase Because It's Not Such a Big Deal


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A group of scientists led by Jana Batovska of the AgriBio Centre for AgriBioscience in Victoria, Australia, has found a rather unusual name for their newly discovered virus and it comes from a catchphrase in the TV show Seinfeld. The phrase is Yada Yada and it refers to boring talk.

— Jana Batovska (@mozztacular) January 10, 2020

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That's because the scientists believe their new discovery is well... kinda boring. Looking at RNA from mosquitoes in Victoria the team found a new alphavirus. The only thing is the new virus poses no threat to humans at all. It only infects mosquitoes.

Yada Yada virus belongs to a group of alphaviruses that only infect mosquitoes, shown here in blue: pic.twitter.com/OzAB1NAtYm

— Jana Batovska (@mozztacular) January 10, 2020

Still, the virus does have its merits. “Mosquito-specific viruses can help us understand how viruses evolved, and can be really useful for vaccine production and diagnostics,” Batovska explained on Twitter.

Mosquito-specific viruses can help us understand how viruses evolved, and can be really useful for vaccine production and diagnostics (as recently demonstrated by @JodyPeters20 and team in this great paper: https://t.co/z2FboddiYg)

— Jana Batovska (@mozztacular) January 10, 2020

What it isn't, however, is an exciting breakthrough. As such Batovska felt Yada Yada was the perfect name for her new discovery. “Lastly, we did name the virus after Seinfeld!” Batovska tweeted. “The rise of metagenomic sequencing has resulted in an explosion of virus discovery, with new viruses being announced every day - this is another one: Yada Yada virus.”

Lastly, yes - we did name the virus after Seinfeld! The rise of metagenomic sequencing has resulted in an explosion of virus discovery, with new viruses being announced every day - this is another one: Yada Yada virus.

(also, Seinfeld is awesome) pic.twitter.com/IXybEg6AFI

— Jana Batovska (@mozztacular) January 10, 2020

“Also,” the researcher added, “Seinfeld is awesome.”


Watch the video: Yada Yada (June 2022).


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