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    Futures in Biotech 40: Virus Reborn

    World leading virologist explains why he revived a virus that killed 50 million people...

    Hosts: Marc Pelletier and Vincent Racaniello

    Guest: Dr. Peter Palese; Professor & Chair of Microbiology, Mount Sinai, NYC

    In the winter of 1918-19, fifty million people died horrible deaths from the Spanish flu. The threat of this happening again today is ever so present. And while we have drugs that are fairly effective against influenza, they are not fool-proof.

    The possible devastation to humanity from this threat is at par with a large catastrophic asteroid hurling toward earth. The world will look to the best and brightest scientists and clinicians in hopes that they know and understand the virus well enough to fight it.

    Well, Dr. Palese has made great contributions to our understanding of influenza, and his scientific endeavors have given us the knowledge and tools to prevent this potential devastation.

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    Reader Comments (3)

    I can't get enough biotech! Once a month just isn't enough... can you recommend some other biotech-related podcasts to download?

    April 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony

    Most timely FiB ever.

    If influenza can't spread when the temperature is over 80 F, what happened in Mexico City? Was there a cold spell?

    April 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterheisei

    What a great episode, and what an omen given it was released only just before the swine flu hit. As someone who took a course in virology but too long ago, this was good material. Thanks for pointing out the issue with egg allergies and flu vaccines, and I have the former and that's the only reason I haven't had the latter, although I got the flu this year and it wiped me out. I'll now go and check out This Week in Virology. Another quality science podcast for my library!

    May 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTim Campbell

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