TWiV 274: Data dump

March 2, 2014

Adina rubellaHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiV team discusses recent cases of polio-like paralysis in California, and the virome of 14th century paleofeces.

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  • Chris

    The Kansas graveyard was very moving. A few miles from my house is one of the city’s oldest cemeteries (graves were moved there from the one that is now part of a downtown with skyscrapers). Lots of the city founders and notable characters are buried there, so there are tours offered by historical groups.

    When I took one of those tours one of the moving things I saw was a small grave marker listing around a half dozen children, with their deaths spanning just a few weeks.

    Last summer I visited another historical cemetery, with similar graves. The children are in their own section, and are noted in this write-up:
    http://huachuca-www.army.mil/files/History_Cemetery.pdf

    By the way, I noticed in the news that the Iditarod Great Sled Race is starting. Not many people remember the reason for the first “race” was to deliver diphtheria antitoxin serum to save several children in Nome, Alaska:
    http://www.cdc.gov/24-7/savinglives/diphtheria/index.html

    The statue of Balto in New York’s Central Park deserves lots of hugs.