TWiV 157: Better innate than never

13 November 2011

dendritic cellHosts: Vincent RacanielloRich Condit, Alan Dove, Dickson Despommier, Jeremy Luban, and Gabriel Victora

A large TWiV panel remembers Ralph Steinman, and considers a new innate sensor of retroviral capsids.

Photograph of a dendritic cell (green) interacting with T cells (cyan) near a blood vessel by Gabriel Victora.

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  • Robin Ballantyne M.D.

    DO NOT POST OR DISCUSS THIS E-MAIL.

    Hello Vincent, Dickson, and Rich,

    In a previous e-mail I suggested a discussion of the U.S. government’s   preoccupation with the development of viral military weapons. Wisely, you declined the invitation.

    Obviously, the topic cannot be discussed directly. Nevertheless, because the twiV audience is knowledgeable and sophisticated, it is not necessary to spell out the government’s research on and its  stockpiling of viral weapons. If the viral research is presented, knowledgeable  listeners will be able connect the dots.

    Perhaps having virologists on the program discussing the Marburg, Hanta, Ebola, Lujo and other exotic deadly viruses could be the  approach. The bonus would be statements by one or more researchers stating that they are not permitted to speak about certain aspects of their research.

    Warm Regards,

    Robin Ballantyne M.D.