Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, and Rich Condit
On episode #110 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, Rich, and Dickson discuss bacteria that can utilize arsenic in place of phosphorus, the passing of Frank Fenner, polio outbreak in The Congo, solving criminal cases of HIV transmission, and classifying viruses by capsid structure.
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Links for this episode:
- Bacteria that utilize arsenic (Ed Yong’s view)
- Frank Fenner passes away
- Smallpox and its eradication – the ‘red book’ (pdf)
- Polio outbreak in The Congo (virus isolation)
- Solving criminal cases with HIV evolution (press release)
- Definition of paraphyly
- Order to the viral universe
- International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV)
- TWiV on Facebook
- Letters read on TWiV 110
Weekly Science Picks
Dickson – CDC’s West Nile virus case count for 2010
Rich – The red bees of Red Hook
Alan – Arsenic-based life at XKCD
Vincent – PLoS iPad app
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