TWiV 48: Outbreaks near you

September 6, 2009

outbreaks-near-meHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dick Despommier, Alan Dove, and Rich Condit

Vincent, Dick, Alan and Rich revisit a vaccinia virus lab accident and viral vaccines produced in plants, then talk about an iPhone app to track infectious diseases, flying foxes, and an inhaled measles vaccine.

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Links for this episode:

Weekly Science Picks
Rich Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
Dick Eliot Porter at the Carter Museum and bookstore at Amazon
Alan Dr. Clarke’s H1N1 rap at the HHS sponsored YouTube contest
Vincent Coast to Coast Bio Podcast

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  • Justanothersomeone

    This comment does not have much to do with this episode but, I thought it would be a great idea for a really fun Halloween show. If you could do a show on “The Zombie Apocalypse”. Maybe talk about all the virus's that under the right conditions could cause this serious calamity.

    Thank you,


    P.S. Please don't forget about the brains. . . . . BRAINS!!!!!

  • Ed Rybicki

    Enjoyed the 'cast – and it's Rih-beets-key, BTW…B-)

    Hepatitis B in bananas was a hype idea, and it's dead. Growing plants inside – is what is happening, and if you realise that there are glasshouses for growing cut flowers or tomatoes (meaning it's economical) that cover tens of acres…and tobacco can yield a couple tonnes / acre, and vaccines could yield a gram a kilo…you realise the potential for producing a LOT of vaccine in just one (big) greenhouse. So no need to grow outside, and no controversy.

    And I've met Rich Condit but he doesn't remember.

  • Ed Rybicki

    PS: I have stayed with the Moyers in Florida too. Never been to a Gators game, but have a shirt….

  • poxdoc

    How do you know I don't remember? Even if I don't. So remind me. Sounds like you visited us in Florida.

  • Ed Rybicki

    Florida, 1990…and 1993. Stayed with Moyers both times BUT did not visit the lab.

  • Ed Rybicki

    Florida, 1990…and 1993. Stayed with Moyers both times BUT did not visit the lab. Met you, Rich, at one or other ICV – like Canada 1987, Berlin 1990, Scotland 1993, Israel 1996, Sydney 1992, Paris 2002…?