TWiV 124: Viruses that make you better

March 13, 2011

Rabbits Myxomatosis Trial WardangIsland 1938Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Grant McFadden

Vincent, Dickson, Alan, Rich, and Grant discuss a tanapoxvirus protein that inhibits tumor necrosis factor, purging tumors with myxoma virus, and destruction of the last known stocks of smallpox virus.

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Weekly Science Picks

Grant – A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Dickson – An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolae Vaccinae by Edward Jenner
Rich –
Selinah (Topsy Foundation) thanks Meghan!
Alan – Draft report (pdf) on WHO’s H1N1 response and NY Times summary
Vincent – 10 stunning science visualizations

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  • Nicola

    For those interested in XMRV, Rich Condit has some comments at the beginning of this TWiV about ongoing work in the Silverman lab and another lab on the integration sites of XMRV in prostate patient samples. There are no results mentioned in this TWiV, but there is mention of the types of experiments and where and by whom they are being done.

  • Erik Carter

    Vince, I love you Science Pick this week. The first image (the one of HIV) is actually my desktop image on my computer. Haha, my friends thought I couldn’t get any nerdier, then they saw my desktop. ^_^

  • Jörg Reiher

    Today while listening to your podcast walking in the Southern German sun (probably the last sunny day this week) I was quite amused that you first mentioned “The emperor of all maladies” which I had on my back (in my backpack) that very moment and then mentioning “A short history of nearly everything” – which lied on my shelf (yes, it is available as a paperback) but also was with me on the Android phone as mp3 audio book – next to your (and some other geeky) podcasts!

    Love your podcast, thanks and greetings from Constance
    (Lake of Constance, Southern Germany – border to Switzerland… I guess the fish in the lake aren’t as big as some of you’d wish:-)

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