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  • n. A viral disease of birds.


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canary +‎ pox


  • So far the most promising of these vaccines has been one using another poxvirus -- canarypox -- to deliver HIV recombinants (See Table 2).

    Analog Science Fiction and Fact

  • Several canarypox-HIV recombinants, alone or in combination with gp120 subunit vaccines, have been evaluated in humans.

    Analog Science Fiction and Fact

  • Those volunteers tested with the canarypox-HIV recombinant in combination with glycoprotein 120 boosts have induced HIV-specific cytotoxic t-cell responses in early trials.

    Analog Science Fiction and Fact

  • Sixteen thousand men and women are being recruited for a three-year trial of a gp120 vaccine whose effects will, it is hoped, be boosted by a viral vec-tor called canarypox.

    AIDS: The Elusive Vaccine

  • One of these candidates, based on canarypox, is in Phase II trials.

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  • The vaccine is a combination of Sanofi-Pasteur's ALVAC canarypox/HIV vaccine and the HIV vaccine AIDSVAX, made by a San Francisco company called VaxGen and now owned by the nonprofit Global Solutions for Infectious Diseases.

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  • The Phase III trial in Thailand evaluated a recombinant canarypox vector expressing Envelope, Gag, and parts of Pol and Nef proteins from

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  • The experimental vaccine is a combination of Sanofi-Pasteur's ALVAC canarypox/HIV vaccine and VaxGen's AIDSVAX.

    Signs of the Times

  • A live, genetically modified, canarypox virus vaccine has been given the green light to protect horses in New …


  • ALVAC uses canarypox, a bird virus altered so it can't cause human disease, to ferry synthetic versions of three HIV genes into the body.



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  • There are many poxviruses in nature, and they infect species that gather in swarms and herds, circulating among them like pickpockets at a fair. There are two principal kinds of pox viruses: the poxes of vertebrates and the poxes of insects. Pox hunters have so far discovered mousepox, monkeypox, skunkpox, pigpox, goatpox, camelpox, pseudocowpox, buffalopox, gerbilpox, several deerpoxes, chamoispox, a couple of sealpoxes, turkeypox, canarypox, pigeonpox, starlingpox, peacockpox, sparrowpox, juncopox, mynahpox, quailpox, parrotpox, and toadpox. There's mongolian horsepox, a pox called Yaba monkey tumor, and a pox called orf. There's dolphinpox, penguinpox, two kangaroopoxes, raccoonpox, and quokkapox. (The quokka is an Australian wallaby.) Snakes catch snakepox, spectacled caimans suffer from spectacled caimanpox, and crocodiles get crocpox. . . .

    Insects are tortured by poxviruses. There are three groups of insect poxviruses: the beetlepoxes, the butterflypoxes (which include the mothpoxes), and the poxes of flies, including the mosquitopoxes. Any attempt to get to the bottom of the insect poxes would be like trying to enumerate the nine billion names of God.

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    . . . The insect poxes may have arisen in early Devonian times, long before the age of dinosaurs . . . when . . . the first insects were evolving. . . .

    At least two known midgepoxes torment midges. Grasshoppers are known to suffer from at least six different grasshopperpoxes. If a plague of African locusts breaks out with locustpox, the plague is hit with a plague, and is in deep trouble. Poxviruses keep herds and swarms of living things in check, preventing them from growing too large and overwhelming their habitats.

    Richard Preston, The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story (New York: Random House, 2002), pp. 64-66

    February 29, 2016