TWiV 124: Viruses that make you better

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

On episode #124 of the podcast This Week in Virology, 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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