The world's most disgusting Russian nesting dolls


11 Responses to “The world's most disgusting Russian nesting dolls”

  1. Jack Holmes says:

    Dammit, Maggie–when I read this headline, I was expecting a story about really racist/sexist nesting dolls! This is pretty cool, too.

  2. GawainLavers says:

    I think a little rewriting of Jonathan Swift is in order.  Anyone?

  3. Matt Schwartz says:

    Trichomonas = parasite
    Trichomonasis = an infection caused by the parisite

  4. Robert Cruickshank says:

    Immediately had to google whether there was a canine version, just so I could make a “Yo, Dawg, ..” joke. I think I need to get out more.

  5. tsol says:

    Does it use the term “deniers”?

  6. GertaLives says:

    Nasty enteric bacteria are often nasty specifically on account of the phages (or remnants thereof) they harbor in their genomes. Cholera, too. Not to take anything away from trichomoads, but bacteria kinda have it going on.

  7. Culturedropout says:

    Whew… glad I haven’t had sex with any Russian nesting dolls…

  8. Ed Yong says:

    FWIW, I was going to report on this story, but I contacted two Trichomonas specialists, who both said that the paper is pretty poor, and the conclusions about the virus’s importance aren’t actually justified by their results. So, I dropped the story.

  9. KanedaJones says:

    Maggie, is this a test of the previous post?
    Slut-shaming vagaries about how a certain STD makes all other STDs so much worse, without numbers or specifics, and how proper antibiotic treatment supposedly amplifies inflammation.

    But the giveaway is this:
    “Unlike flu viruses, for example, this virus can’t spread by jumping out of the cell into another one,” said researcher Max Nibert at Harvard Medical School. “It just spreads between cells when they [the hosts] divide or mate.”

    Coded language is obvious here, moreso than usual even.


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