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Meet some of our new contributors (3)

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As part of a new series of posts from CVR staff and students about their work, CVR final year PhD student Alice Coburn, writes about her research in the Murcia lab on influenza virus cross-species transmission. If you would like more information on the work of the Murcia lab on influenza, check out these publications on comparing horse and… Continue reading

Freezing flu filaments

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As the Northern hemisphere approaches winter and the vaccines are in the process of being given before the annual flu season begins in earnest, the country starts to focus on these mysterious viruses that continue to infect us year on year. But if you look closely at influenza viruses, you’ll realise that there’s an awful lot we… Continue reading

Innate Immunity: Slippery when wet

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Dr Jens Madsen, Associate Professor in Child Health at the University of Southampton, talks with PhD students Yasmin Parr and Joanna Morrell for episode 8 of Contagious Thinking and tells us all about the mucosal surfactant proteins, the Collectins, that form a crucial innate immune barrier against viruses and other microbes. Jens and his lab… Continue reading

Meet the expert: Wendy Barclay

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This post is the third in a series of ‘meet the expert’ articles about worldwide investigators working in virology research. These posts are written by the CVR bloggers and are designed to educate, engage with, and inform the public and fellow scientists about who scientists are and what are our motivations. Joanna Morrell, Ph.D. student… Continue reading

The gain-of-function controversy: can benefits outweigh risks?

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Veronica Rezelj (PhD student in the Elliott lab) explores the current ‘Gain of function’  debate surrounding the virology community and asks: “Is it in the public interest to support gain of function experiments?” Feel free to have your say in in this poll: http://doodle.com/3hmck4iwwne4d828   World-leading biologists, including David Baltimore, a world-renowned virologist and Nobel Prize laureate, have recently called… Continue reading