Vincent, Dick, and Alan review a new macaque model for HIV-1 infection, a possible role for Epstein-Barr virus in multiple sclerosis, accidental release of H5N1 by a vaccine company, resistance of frogs to virus infection, and extreme virology – the biggest and smallest viruses and viral genomes.
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Links for this episode:
- Harold Varmus on The Daily Show
- Macaque model for HIV-1 infection (photo of pig-tailed macaque)
- Possible role of Epstein-Barr virus in multiple sclerosis
- Accidental distribution of H5N1 influenza virus by pharmaceutical company
- Major histocompatibility class I marker and frog resistance to viral infection
- Smallest virion and DNA genome: Circovirus
- Largest virion and DNA genome: Mimivirus
- Biggest RNA genome: (we forgot to mention on the show!) Coronavirus SW1
- List of viral genome lengths at NCBI
- Sputnik virophage
- Papers for Macintosh and iPhone
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