TWiV 809: Vampire vax

September 26, 2021

TWiV reveals isolation from bats in Laos of a SARS-CoV-2 like virus with a spike protein that allows entry into human cells, and exploration of a herpesvirus vector for immunization of vampire bats against rabies virus.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit and Amy Rosenfeld

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3 comments on “TWiV 809: Vampire vax

  1. The first paper on sarbecoviruses found in Laos is exceptional. I’m a little disappointed, however, that the TWiV crew did not connect the dots between the Mekong/Lancang River ecosystem where these horseshoe bats were found and the list of 38 species found in the four Wuhan markets discussed in TWiV 776: “Yes! We have no pangolins.”

    I find it very hard to read about masked palm civets and wonder why no one discusses “nocturnal arboreal mammals” that inhabit the same trees that horseshoe bats perch feed from. It is even more perplexing considering the connection between palm civets and SARS-1.

  2. So informative re vectors, hosts and early viral spread. Many thanks to all.