TWiV 546: Delta blues and chitlins

May 5, 2019

The un-encapsidated TWiV Humans discuss finding hepatitis D virus-related sequences in birds and snakes, and fatal swine acute diarrhoea syndrome caused by a coronavirus of bat origin.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees.

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One comment on “TWiV 546: Delta blues and chitlins

  1. Johnye Ballenger May 22, 2019

    Sadly, much of the first paper on TWiV 546, hepatitis D like viruses and deltavirus, went over my head. I was stopped and left stranded while the discussion went on without me. There were two stop codons. The 1st was isoprenylation, an entirely new word for me. It conjured up chemistry classes and the thought I must have missed that chapter, lecture and lab! I could not begin to imagine what it was and why it was important. Rich later gave a definition, but it didn’t help me understand why or how this was significant to the discussion. Bah Humbug!!! Then, up popped the 2nd stop: “next generation sequencing”. As my mother would say, “I felt like a lost ball in high weeds.”

    Maybe there is nothing for me to do but start a vocabulary list and look up what I don’t know. It will cut into the flow of the podcast but hopefully in future episodes the weeds will become shorter and shorter and I won’t feel as lost.

    As always, thank you and your learned cohosts for your tireless and generous commitment to educating, teaching and inspiring future and past scientists.

    14 C; clear skies and a beautiful, slightly less than full moon.