TWiV 571: Piwi koalas

October 27, 2019

The League of Extraordinary Virologists celebrate the eradication of wild poliovirus type 3, and consider the effectiveness of an influenza vaccine produced in insect cells, and how small RNAs are protecting the Koala germline from retroviral invasion.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Kathy Spindler, and Brianne Barker

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2 comments on “TWiV 571: Piwi koalas

  1. Rich Bradley Oct 29, 2019

    Dear esteemed TWIV hosts, many thanks for another thought provoking episode. Your conversation on Flublok made me think of the annual flu season; would it be possible to have an update on the current flu strains and how the various flu vaccines work (or do not work)? Also there were reports today that tick borne encephalitis virus has arrived in the UK. As a keen hiker (and tick magnet) should I be worried?