Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Alan Dove, Dickson Despommier, Jeremy Luban, and Gabriel Victora
A large TWiV panel remembers Ralph Steinman, and considers a new innate sensor of retroviral capsids.
Photograph of a dendritic cell (green) interacting with T cells (cyan) near a blood vessel by Gabriel Victora.
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Links for this episode:
- HG Khorana obituary
- DC discovery: four seminal papers (one, two, three, four)
- Ralph Steinman videos from Lasker Award
- TRIM5 is an innate immune retroviral sensor (Nature)
- TWiV on Facebook
- Letters read on TWiV 157
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Vincent – Principles of Molecular Virology by AJ Cann
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Hello Vincent, Dickson, and Rich,
In a previous e-mail I suggested a discussion of the U.S. governmentâ€™s Â preoccupation with the development of viral military weapons. Wisely, you declined the invitation.
Obviously, the topic cannot be discussed directly. Nevertheless, because the twiV audience is knowledgeable and sophisticated, it is not necessary to spell out the governmentâ€™s research on and itsÂ stockpiling of viral weapons. If the viral research is presented, knowledgeableÂ listeners will be able connect the dots.
Perhaps having virologists on the program discussing the Marburg, Hanta, Ebola, Lujo and other exotic deadly viruses could be theÂ approach. The bonus would be statements by one or more researchers stating that they are not permitted to speak about certain aspects of their research.
Robin Ballantyne M.D.
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