Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dick Despommier, and Alan Dove
Vincent, Dick, and Alan (with a cameo appearance by Rich Condit) review the world’s largest Phase III study of a complex HIV vaccine candidate in Thailand, immunization of salmon against infectious salmon anemia virus, and an outbreak of blueberry shock virus in Michigan.
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Links for this episode:
- HIV vaccine shows promise for the first time – description of the program, FDA background document (pdf), NEJM review on why AIDS vaccine is difficult (pdf), and arguments for the trial
- Chile immunizes salmon (USGS article on the virus, pdf)
- Blueberry virus strikes Michigan research center (information on the disease and the virus)
- Rotavirus seasonality (thanks Didier!)
- Viruses and the tree of life at virology blog
- Big brains have evolved twice (thanks Arsen!)
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