This Week in Virology

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episode 676: Tragic gene flow from Neanderthals

In this episode we explain how regions of the human genome associated with severe COVID-19 are identified, the finding that one of these regions was inherited from Neanderthals, and prolonged SARS-CoV-2 reproduction in an immunocompromised patient.

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

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Links for this episode
  • Genome wide association study of severe COVID-19 (NEJM)
  • Major genetic risk factor for severe COVID-19 inherited from Neanderthals (Nature)
  • COVID-19 host genetics initiative (Eur J Hum Gen)
  • Prolonged SARS-CoV-2 shedding in immunocompromised host (J Inf Dis)
  • Krugman on Barrington Declaration (NY Times)
  • Letters read on TWiV 676
  • Timestamps by Jolene. Thanks!
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Brianne – Kids Meet a Virologist
Kathy –  Harvard glass marine invertebrates 3D online
Rich – Chernobyl fungi
Vincent – Artologica

Listener Pick

Justin – Totally Under Control

Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees

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 2020-10-29  2h0m