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TWiV 35: Much achoo about nothing

In episode 35 of This Week in Virology, hosts Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Dick Despommier and guest Richard Kessin talk about Lujo virus, a new arenavirus, influenza, WHO rewriting pandemic rules, adjuvants, and a brief history of microbiology.

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twivlogoLinks for this episode:

  • Lujo virus, a new arenavirus

  • Is CDC too optimistic about influenza?

  • WHO to rewrite pandemic rules

  • Adjuvant at wikipedia

  • Avery, MacLeod, McCarty 50th anniversary ( pdf)

  • Pasteur’s swan-neck flask

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Broth was placed in a flask and the neck was heated and drawn out. The broth was open to the air, but remained sterile as long as microbe-containing dust collected in the neck and did not reach the liquid.

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