Vincent, Alan, and Matt review contamination of Rotarix with circovirus DNA, antigenic similarity between 1918 and 2009 H1N1 influenza, a collection of rabies reports, and chicken pox mistaken for smallpox in Uganda.
This week the TWiV team explains CRISPR/Cas, the immune system of bacteria and archaea, how novel viruses are discovered by deep sequencing of small RNAs, and the relationship between dry weather and outbreaks of West Nile virus infection.
Vincent, Dickson, Alan, and Rich answer listener questions on maternal infection, viral gene therapy, eyeglasses and flu, filtering prions from blood, rinderpest, Tamiflu, the human microbiome, H1N1 vaccine, tumor viruses, RNA interference, and junk DNA.
Vincent, Dickson, and Alan consider a broad spectrum antiviral for enveloped viruses, how a plant virus induces signals in the host to maximize its spread, preservation of viral vaccines at tropical temperatures, and XMRV and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Vincent, Alan, and Rich review recent outbreaks of mumps in the UK, US, and Israel, protection of mice against 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus by 1918-like and classical swine H1N1 vaccines, and a virus-like particle vaccine for chikungunya virus.
Vincent, Alan, and Rich are enthralled by movies of vaccinia virus plaque formation, then consider how repulsion of superinfection virions leads to rapid virus spread, and a therapeutic prostate cancer vaccine.
Vincent, Alan, and Marc talk about chronic wasting disease of deer caused by prions, blocking the semen-derived enhancer of HIV infection with surfen, and making green transgenic rabbits using a lentiviral vector.