Hosts: Alan Dove and Rich Condit
Alan and Rich tackle the discovery of bacteriophages, and treating influenza by calming the cytokine storm.
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- Twort on the nature of ultra-microscopic viruses (Lancet)
- Who discovered bacteriophage? (pdf, Bact Rev)
- Calming cytokine storm to treat influenza (PNAS)
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3 thoughts on “TWiV 145: The inVinceable TWiV”
Good show. The link for Science Photo Library is incorrect. Here it is below:
This is off topic, but I just wanted to say (having recently gone to the cinema) that I hope you see Contagion when it comes out and go into the nitty-gritty of what’s plausible in it and (more appealing) what’s totally wrong.Â
By the way, I tried to track down the book you said first got you interested in virology (the name escapes me right now, but I recall it had an exclamation point in the title) and I couldn’t find it anywhere 🙁
I’ll certainly be talking more about ‘Contagion’ when it’s released. I am sure that there will be implausible aspects, but remember, it’s science fiction. The book that inspired me to become a virologist is Fever by John Fuller. There are only expensive used copies on Amazon.com but you might be able to find it more cheaply elsewhere.
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