Virus hunter Mya Breitbart joins TWiV to describe her laboratory’s work on viruses in spiders, insects, millipedes, freshwater springs, seawater, plants, human feces and much more.
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Dickson Despommier
Guest: Mya Breitbart
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Links for this episode
- Viruses of spinybacked orbweavers (J Gen Virol) 9:58
- Viruses of terrestrial arthropods (PeerJ) 30:34
- Pepper mild mottle virus in sewage (PLoS Path) 36:30
- Environmental DNA in marine community (Nat Comm) 40:35
- Viral community of freshwater springs (mBio)
- Phage puppet masters in the oceans (Nat Micro)
- Letters read on TWiV 804 1:01:05
- Timestamps by Jolene. Thanks!
Weekly Picks 1:32:29
Dickson – Official-Droodles-Home
Alan – The 31st First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony video (and the text version)
Vincent – Biden’s federal and business vaccine mandates
Anonymous – The Ivermectin Episode – Behind the Bastards
Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees
Send your virology questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi TWiV Team.
It’s been awhile since I’ve sent in a question. But it’s not because I don’t love this show and appreciate so much the intelligent, direct conversations. I’m in southern California now where the temperature is constantly 37,°C. I can streak my plates and leave them on the coffee table without needing the oven. (I’m completely joking… about the plates, not the temp!)
My question is for Dr. Breitbart. I’m fascinated by the CRESS viruses you’ve found in spiders and insects. Have you or any of your students or associates determined how these viruses affect their hosts? Is there a spider flu? My other passion is immunology and would like to learn how the spider’s immune system flights off, or coexists with these viruses.
Thank you for so many podcasts in addition to teaching classes, reviewing papers, writing articles and trying to balance just being a human being.