TWiV 190: The second ferret of the Apocalypse

July 1, 2012

ferretHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan, and Kathy review selection of influenza H5N1 viruses that can transmit among ferrets by aerosol.

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6 comments on “TWiV 190: The second ferret of the Apocalypse

  1. That’s quite unfortunate to hear about Futures in Biotech, although kudos to you all for starting the new podcast network.

    Do you plan to do any promotion of an #asv2012 hashtag for the meeting in Madison this year? I remember some limited tweeting from Minneapolis last year (in between melting into the sidewalk) but I think TWiV would be a great way to promote it ahead of time, along with using it when you tweet about the TWiV episode to be recorded there. After the discomfort with livetweeting the morning sessions last year it may not be encouraged, but I think ASV could be moving faster in the social media realm.

    As you said on twitter, there was a specially designed app for ASM this year, and I know Society for Neuroscience has one too. ASV as far as I can tell doesn’t even have a twitter account and only the barest of Facebooks. With all of the focus on H5N1 (loved the discussion) this seems like the perfect time to expand ASV’s reach on the Internet.

    Maybe I’ll apply to run their social media presence once I finish my PhD. Someday.

    • Colm, I do plan to livetweet some of of the ASV sessions, or at least until someone tells me to stop. I’ll use the hashtag #ASV12. Sadly, I forgot to announce it on TWiV 191 and 192 won’t be heard in time for most, although I’ll try to remember to mention it. Maybe I’ll release 192 a bit earlier. 

      ASV doesn’t have much of any presence except to run the annual meeting, which is their main charge. I am on the education committee and could prod them to increase their social media presence.

  2. Brian Hanley Jul 2, 2012

    I love the title. 🙂

  3. mfrieman Jul 5, 2012

    I wonder how many labs are synthesizing these mutations and putting them in their strains right now?

  4. when you look at the sequences, then it becomes clear that F6
    is not derived from F2. So, either it got a mixed population
    or it did get it from another ferret (not its designed
    contact-ferret) or contamination. page 1539,2nd column, last paragraph

    • all these mutations, except the initial 5,
      look rather arbitrary and I doubt they would be reproduced
      if they ran exactly the same experiment again.