TWiV 55: Mice lie, monkeys exaggerate

25 October 2009

twiv-200Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dick Despommier, Alan Dove, Jason Rodriguez, and Rich Condit

In episode 55 of the podcast “This Week in Virology”, the largest TWiV panel ever assembled takes on XMRV and chronic fatigue syndrome, 2009 chemistry Nobel prizes for ribosome structure, finding new poxvirus vaccine candidates, a brouhaha over leaked Canadian data on influenza susceptibility, and transmission of H1N1 influenza to a pet ferret.

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An Epidemic of Fear and Misinformants at Wired Magazine

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  • BN

    What does Relative Inactivity Index (RII) means in studies of influenza transmission in animals? How is it calculated and interpreted?

  • http://www.virology.ws profvrr

    Relative inactivity index is a measure of the effect of influenza
    virus infection on an animal, e.g. ferret. It's calculated as follows:
    Σ(day 1 to day 7) [score + 1]n/Σ(day 1 to day 7) n, where n equals the
    total number of observations.

  • David

    Mice lie, Monkeys exaggerate, Viruses…………….KILL??????

  • http://www.virology.ws profvrr

    Viruses don't always kill – in fact most of the time they don't, a fact you would have learned by listening to TWiV 55.

  • David

    Indeed I did. But that doesn´t make my statement false. Viruses do kill cells, do kill mice, do kill monkeys, and do kill humans; in the same way as in the statement “humans kill humans”. Neither your statement is false even though mice not always lie, and monkeys not always exaggerate!

  • David

    Indeed I did. But that doesn´t make my statement false. Viruses do kill cells, do kill mice, do kill monkeys, and do kill humans; in the same way as in the statement “humans kill humans”. Neither your statement is false even though mice not always lie, and monkeys not always exaggerate!