TWiV 127: Viruses are no joke

April 3, 2011

cold chainHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Rich Condit

Vincent, Alan, and Rich explore a novel bunyavirus isolated in China, the recent polio outbreak in Republic of the Congo, and cell to cell transmission of a retrovirus by biofilm-like extracellular assemblies.

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  • James

    Rich had a great laugh at 1 minute 16 seconds. haha keep up the great work – James the Cytogeneticist

  • profvrr

    Yes, that was an amazing laugh from Rich – I guess he was genuinely
    amused by the notion that whatever we recorded on April 1 would be
    true, nor at least not a joke.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not quite sure what struck me as so funny about this, but it did. I guess I see the truth as pretty elusive and the idea that we have a firm grip on it is close to hilarious.

  • Anonymous

    I just listened to it again. The idea that we were not going to tell any jokes was also hilarious. The perfect hilarity storm.

  • James

    Yes, well It was awesome. Ill talk to you guys next week!

  • Tarwin Stroh-Spijer

    I think that in the Internet age, it is now considered that everyone can get “15 seconds” of fame, rather than the pop art age of Warhol. Couldn’t find references quickly, but I know I’ve heard it before.