Charlie Rice gives the history of learning to grow hepatitis C virus in culture, from pitfalls to hurdles and successes along the 20-year journey. He also talks about yellow fever virus, its vaccine, and the importance of curiosity-driven research.

Thursday, 08 February 2018 00:07

Rats, lice, and nanoparticles - TWiM 170

The spread of plague was likely due to human ectoparasites, not rats, and discussion of a durable, broadly protective protein nanoparticle influenza virus vaccine.

Published in TWiM

Gut microbes in mice break down plant foods and produce molecules that stimulate the immune system to resist influenza!

Published in Bacteriofiles

What it’s like to work in a BSL4 laboratory, what is the outlook for an effective ebola vaccine, and how to work with ebola-infected fruit bats in a BSL4 lab.

Published in microTalk
Thursday, 07 December 2017 12:21

Dark fermentation - TWiM 166

The reason for poor efficacy of one of the influenza virus vaccines, and using a hyperthermophilic anaerobe to produce hydrogen from fruit and vegetable wastes in seawater.

Published in TWiM
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 17:49

Live long and pupate - TWiV 434

The discovery of a new negative stranded RNA virus of wasps that regulates longevity and sex ratio of its parasitoid host.

Published in TWiV
Saturday, 04 March 2017 14:02

West Nile Virus Surveillance

The rapid spread of West Nile virus has put local and state mosquito surveillance programs on the front line of public health and disease preparedness.

Published in Documentaries
Friday, 17 February 2017 10:00

Publishing Zika

In response to ‘A Zika Paper’, in which I discussed my thoughts on the problems with scientific publishing, Kim from Stockholm wrote to TWiV. "This Zika Diary post really made me depressed"

Published in Zika Diaries
Thursday, 08 December 2016 19:41

Responding to Zika Critique

Those of us working in scientific research often receive critiques of our grant applications or papers that we submitted for publication. In most cases it's necessary to respond to these critiques to obtain funding or to publish a paper. I'm sure that the responses that many of us provide are quite different from what we are thinking.

Published in Zika Diaries
Thursday, 17 November 2016 13:15

Zika Critique

In the last column I wrote of our first unsuccessful attempt to secure funding for our work on Zika virus. Since then we have received the reviewers' comments and now we can determine what they did not like.

Published in Zika Diaries
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