TWiV 40: Tamiflu in the water

12 July 2009

twiv-200Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dick Despommier, and Alan Dove

On episode #40 of the podcast “This Week in Virology”, Vincent, Dick, and Alan consider Reston ebolavirus in swine, historical perspective of H1N1 influenza virus emergence and circulation, Tamiflu-resistant H1N1, Tamiflu in Japanese river waters, transmission of H1N1 virus in ferrets, and pneumonia and respiratory failure from H1N1 in Mexico.

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Links for this episode:
Reston ebolavirus in Philippine swine
Historical perspective on H1N1 virus
Salk’s 1947 article on flu vaccine failure
Persistent legacy of 1918 H1N1 virus
Tamiflu resistant H1N1 virus (AP article)
Tamiflu in Japanese river waters
H1N1 infection of ferrets (article one and two)
Pneumonia and respiratory failure from S-OIV in Mexico
DNA-based equine WNV vaccine (thanks Peter!)
Fundamentals of Molecular Virology by Nicholas Acheson

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  • Liz788

    Dr. Racaniello,

    First, thank you for podcasting TWiV. I'm a science enthusiast with an amateur level of knowledge. TWiV has been a great learning tool.

    What do you make of these findings (if you have been able to see the corresponding study in “Nature”)?

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090713/ap_on_he_me

    I'm alarmed by the headline's hinting, and the media insistence, that this is a 1918 redux in the making. Regarding the lung lesions/increased severity of disease, I'm guessing that the diversity of animal test subjects indicates that there would be similar results in humans?

  • http://www.virology.ws profvrr

    I've written about this on virology blog, and we'll also talk about it
    on twiv this Friday. The good part is that older people have some
    immunity, a conclusion reached by a CDC study which I wrote about a
    few weeks ago.

  • http://www.virology.ws profvrr

    I've written about this on virology blog, and we'll also talk about it
    on twiv this Friday. The good part is that older people have some
    immunity, a conclusion reached by a CDC study which I wrote about a
    few weeks ago.