TWiV 776: Yes! We have no pangolins

July 4, 2021

TWiV reviews an analysis of animal sales from Wuhan wet markets before the COVID-19 pandemic, control of dengue by release of Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes, and fatal dengue acquired in Florida.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Brianne Barker

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3 comments on “TWiV 776: Yes! We have no pangolins

  1. Richard Cornell Jul 4, 2021

    A friend of mind used to work in the State Department. He was inform that in Somali where the US State Department Consulate General each day when local citizens would arrive the Marine Guard would search each person lunch bag. It that country all local farm animals have long ago been killed off. Very rarely are wild animals seen in the local meat markets. Yet hanging on hooks are meat and fish and birds products. It is the meat that is a worry to the State Department guards.
    Each bag did contain meat products that were toss into a bucket and burn.
    Sweeney Todd would feel at home.

  2. Jean M Lawless Jul 5, 2021

    My sister attended a picnic in Guam during the 1990’s where barbecued bat was served.

  3. Tony Brake Jul 5, 2021

    Thanks as always for covering this, and other, important topic(s). It is amazing how little attention is being paid to this extremely pertinent paper ( It might be noted that pangolins are trafficked largely for their scales for use in traditional Chinese medicine, despite the fact that they are composed of keritin, which we know is widespread in all sorts of tissues in vertebrates.

    I wonder if all the attention paid to this trafficking may have suppressed the presence of pangolins at these markets, wit the scales being sold elsewhere or at different locations in the market.

    Tony in Pt. Richmond, CA