TWiV 23: Extreme virology

March 7, 2009

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDick Despommier, and Alan Dove

Vincent, Dick, and Alan review a new macaque model for HIV-1 infection, a possible role for Epstein-Barr virus in multiple sclerosis, accidental release of H5N1 by a vaccine company, resistance of frogs to virus infection, and extreme virology – the biggest and smallest viruses and viral genomes.

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Links for this episode:

Science blog of the week: H5N1 by Croft
Science podcast pick of the week: MicrobeWorld video
Science book of the week: Autism’s False Prophets by Paul A. Offit, MD (podcast with Dr. Ginger Campbell)

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  • Megan

    Hello TWIV,

    I love your podcast and look forward to listening to the new episode every Monday morning.

    Just wanted to make a comment about the EBV discussion from episode #23. EBV is a gammaherpesvirus and does have a latent stage (lifelong dormant infection) like the other herpesviruses.

    I have attached a link from the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/ebv.htm

    -Megan

  • http://www.virology.ws profvrr

    Thanks, Megan. I knew that was wrong when I said it….I'll correct it
    on this week's TWiV. This is why science on the web is
    phenomenal…self-correcting!

    Vincent

  • http://www.virology.ws profvrr

    Thanks, Megan. I knew that was wrong when I said it….I'll correct it
    on this week's TWiV. This is why science on the web is
    phenomenal…self-correcting!

    Vincent