TWiV 832: Heavy metal flu fighters

November 21, 2021

TWiV reviews the vials labeled smallpox that were not, re-emergence of enterovirus D68 in Europe, efficacy of inactivated SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, and cellular correlates of protection for an oral influenza virus vaccine.

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

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One comment on “TWiV 832: Heavy metal flu fighters

  1. Richard Cornell Nov 21, 2021

    Label vials of Small Pox found in a freezer at a company. I wonder what other vials are in that freezer or any other freezer in the company. I have worked in industries who do research and buy all sorts of chemicals as well as non related products.
    You remember that when you four in Grad school you handle all sorts of biology material that if you were the general public you would panic. I had a course (more than one) where a professor got grants to study viruses. In his case rats viruses. What ever he was doing got the rat room raided by the Feds. They found nothing since we students had those rats home with us. Research continue off campus.
    Grad students do a lot of research in fields that would make the general public nervous.
    Had another professor who was doing plant viruses, but his plants where house in buildings that were on military lands. When he finish his project we students burn everything.
    When you out of school working in industries your exposed to research projects in both chemical and biology and you bring what safety you learn in school into such settings.
    I’m a chemical safety lab technician. Finding chemicals in hoods or on storage shelf’s that are far out of date was common. Finding items stored in frigs or stuff in freezers is just as common.
    If I had found those vials they would have been sterile in a hood. The vials then melted.
    Other wise you have the City, County, State and Federal agencies involved. Each will bill the company for handling the vials. With that the company insurance company will raise the company insurance rates.
    I would not think that your department would like a bill (paid in full) because you were lazy in getting rid of chemical and biology materials.