TWiV explains the use of a neuronal cell line to study herpes simplex virus latency and reactivation, and a strategy for creating vaccines that induce antibodies against specific epitopes. Click arrow to play Download TWiV 550 (64 MB .mp3, 105 min) Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiV! Show notes at microbe.tv/twiv
broadly neutralizing antibodies
A method for making vaccines that induce antibodies against a specific epitope could be used to produce a universal influenza vaccine that would not have to be changed every year.
On episode #257 of the science show This Week in Virology, the TWiV team consider how the kinase mTOR modulates the antibody response to provide broad protection against influenza virus, and explore the problems with scientific research. You can find TWiV #257 at www.microbe.tv/twiv.