TWiV 224: A wide receiver and a natural defense

March 17, 2013

coronavirusHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan, Kathy, and Dickson discuss identification of a cell receptor for the coronavirus-EMC, and the role of interferon-epsilon in protecting the female reproductive tract.

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Kathy – 2013 Intel Science Talent Search awards
Alan – Krebs Cycle Rap (CDC)
–  Jetpens (favorite one and two)
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  • Brian S.

    Hi Dr. Racaniello, was listening to TWIV and saw your pen recommendation. It made me think of a pen website my friend told me about. Pen Island . Just don’t go to the “.com” site; it’s a totally different place.

  • profvrr

    Thanks for the link, Brian. Seems like a higher-end pen shop, compared with JetPens, but cool nonetheless.

  • Alan Dove

    Wow, that’s a very unfortunate domain name. People really should think about what words will look like when they’re run together.

  • Albert Lorincz

    A little late as I only listened to this episode this morning but I have pen that I expect the group will enjoy and find useful. Its called the Cross Tech 3. Mechanical Pencil 0.5mm, Black Ink and Red Ink. In my work I primarily use the pencil but I find the red ink very useful when revising. Amazon has them in multiple colors $30-40. For people that enjoy quality writing instruments. The new one even has stylus option for capacity screen such as an IPad :) Though I’d share as an attempt to contribute to a great product.