TWiV 9: Fever! The discovery of Lassa virus

November 22, 2008

Fever!Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dick recall the discovery of Lassa virus in Africa in 1969. A non-fictional account of the story, ‘Fever’, written by John G. Fuller and published in 1974, inspired Vincent to become a virologist. Part of the story took place at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital (now Columbia University Medical Center), where both Vincent and Dick are employed. Dick remembers many of the key players in this medical drama.

Click the arrow above to play, or right-click to download TWiV #9 (19 MB .mp3, 41 minutes)

Links for this episode:

  • Click here to view to cover of ‘Fever!’
  • Buy a used copy of ‘Fever!’ at Amazon.

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  • Steven

    I ordered a copy of Fever! from Amazon. Managed to get a second hand copy. Browned pages and all. The copy I got was published in 1977. This physical copy is older than I am 😀

  • Jeff

    Science podcast -> Futures in Biotech, second only to TWIV!

  • profvrr

    Hope you enjoy 'Fever!'. The first of the genre.

  • profvrr

    Thanks. I also like Futures in Biotech, although the recording quality
    often is suboptimal.

  • Steven

    I have noticed that also. They do get a lot of good guests though.

  • slots

    So many strange viruses in the world.. I caught a strange virus in Asia once..

  • Diane

    I just got Fever! from the library and it was great. Couldn't put it down. Didn't quite have the ending I'd envisioned–“and then a vaccine was developed, they eventually managed to inoculate everyone, and they all lived happily ever after.” But a great read, and makes me hungry for more. Now to trawl through the various show notes for more book recommendations.

  • profvrr

    Glad you liked it. To help your trawling, see

  • profvrr

    Glad you liked it. To help your trawling, see

  • vote4noble

    Google: Recall Lassa!

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  • tunie

    My kindle has fever and that is a good thing…thanks

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