In episode 25 of This Week in Virology, hosts Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove and guest Luis Villarreal discuss rabies in Viet Nam and Angola, needle-stick infections with ebola virus and West Nile virus, and viral evolution.
Links for this episode:
Furious rabies after an atypical exposure
Rabies outbreak in Angola
Ebola virus needle stick injury in Germany
West Nile virus needle stick injury in South Africa
Antibody response to smallpox vaccine in humans (including Dr. Villarreal)
The chemical formula for polio virus is: C332, 652H492, 388N98, 245O131, 196P7, 501S2, 340. Because poliovirus is a quasispecies, the number of atoms is a population average.
Review article: Ten Reasons to Exclude Viruses from the Tree of Life
Origin and Evolution of Viruses, second edition, edited by Esteban Domingo
Origin of Group Identity by Luis Villarreal
Science blog of the week: Small Things Considered by Moselio Schaechter and Merry Youle
Science podcast pick of the week: The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe
Science book of the week: Viruses and the Evolution of Life by Luis Villarreal
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Download TWiV #25 (46 MB .mp3, 67 minutes)