On episode #265 of the science show This Week in Virology, the TWiV team reviews ten compelling virology stories from 2013. You can find TWiV #265 at www.microbe.tv/twiv.
On episode #248 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent, Dickson, and Rich reveal how experiments with a malaria parasite lead to the introduction of a mammalian retrovirus into birds. You can find TWiV #248 at www.microbe.tv/twiv.
Reticuloendotheliosis viruses (REVs) are retroviruses that cause a rare disease of gamebirds and waterfowl that includes anemia, immunosuppression, neoplasia, runting, and abnormal feathering. Since the first isolation of REV from a turkey in 1957, REVs were believed to be strictly avian viruses. It now appears that REVs are mammalian viruses that were accidentally introduced into …