Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson discuss the biology and pathogenesis of poliovirus infection and the plan to eradicate the virus from the planet.

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Links for this episode:

  • polioeradication.org for the latest information on the global state of polio.
  • Abstract of the Science article on engineering a new polio vaccine: “Virus attenuation by genome-scale changes in codon pair bias”.

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson launch a new science podcast with a description of the emergence and spread of West Nile virus in the United States.

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Links for this episode:

  • Buy “West Nile Story” by Dickson Despommier.
  • ProMed Mail. The global reporting system for outbreaks of emerging infectious disease.
  • PubMed. A service of the National Library of Medicine, includes over 14 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950s.
  • West Nile page at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Great maps of where the virus has been found.
  • Episode transcript (download pdf)

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