Vincent, Alan, Dickson, and Rich talk about treating arthritis with a tanapox virus protein, Darwinian evolution of prions in cell culture, and the connection between cold weather fronts and outbreaks of avian H5N1 influenza in Europe.
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Links for this episode:
- Treating arthritis with a tanapox virus protein that antagonizes TNF (press release and research article)
- Darwinian evolution of prions in cell culture (abstract)
- Simple diagram of prion propagation (Wikipedia)
- Thoughts on the pursuit of success in science by Charles Weissmann
- Cold fronts linked to European H5N1 outbreaks (PLoS Pathogens)
- Simon Singh’s website and letter of support (thanks, Mary!)
- The importance of stupidity in scientific research (thanks, Mary!)
- Sustainable energy – without the hot air (thanks, Bernhard!)
- World Community Grid (thanks Dave!)
- Pre-order The Vertical Farm by Dickson Despommier
- Letters read on TWiV 78
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