This Week in Virology

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episode 672: Black in Microbiology with Ari Kozik and Kishana Taylor

Ari and Kishana, two of the founders of Black in Microbiology, join TWiV to discuss the goals of the organization, then we review pauses of J&J and Lilly COVID-19 vaccine trials, preclinical studies of Regeneron's SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibody cocktail, reinfection of a patient in Nevada, and listener questions.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler and Brianne Barker

Guest: Ari Kozik and Kishana Taylor

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Links for this episode

  • Black microbiologists push for visibility (NY Times)
  • Black in Microbiology keynotes (YouTube)
  • Black in Microbiology
  • Black in Neuro
  • AstroKate rides again (and on TWiV 444)
  • COVID-19 testing strategy calculator (and medRxiv preprint)
  • Pause of J&J vaccine trial (STAT)
  • Pause of Lilly mAb trial (NY Times)
  • REGN-CoV-2 mAbs in animals (Science)
  • Regeneron investor slides on mAb phase 3
  • SARS-CoV-2 reinfection in US (Lancet Inf Dis)
  • Letters read on TWiV 672
  • Timestamps by Jolene. Thanks!

Weekly Science Picks

Brianne - A Lab of One's Own by Rita Colwell
Kathy –  Endonym map
Rich - “The Coronavirus Unveiled” by Carl Zimmer
Vincent - Principles of Virology 5th Edition

Listener Pick

Les - Coronavirus cake
Mary - Choir finds a way to sing

Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees

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 2020-10-15  2h5m