Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, Michael Walsh, and Ashlee Bennett
The TWiVites discuss seroevidence for human infection with avian influenza H5N1, and the discovery of a new influenza virus in Guatemalan bats.
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Links for this episode:
- Seroevidence for human H5N1 infection (Science)
- Mammalian-transmissible H5N1 (mBio)
- New information about ferret-adapted H5N1 (NY Times, virology blog)
- New influenza virus from fruit bats (PNAS)
- Elsevier abandons open access assault (The Scientist)
- Le virus le plus dangereux?
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- Letters read on TWiV 173
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Re: Alan’s query of rectal swabbing in the ‘A distinct lineage of influenza A virus from bats’ paper…
Wouldn’t the rectal swabs have had more to do with looking for the possibility of transmission of a virus via the guano, with human exposure to the guano (…being collected for use as a crop fertilizer…) being the theoretical infection route?