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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

Viruses in the apiary: an interview with Dave Evans

In our 6th episode, Dr Andrew Shaw, CVR postdoc (and @virusmuser), chats with Professor Dave Evans, (@evanslabuk) a virologist from the University of St Andrews, about bees and their viruses. Dave visited the CVR last year where he talked about his lab’s work on studying the replication and recombination of positive sense RNA viruses, like… Continue reading

Can proteomics help us cure virus latency?

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In this episode we talk with Dr Mike Weekes, a clinical consultant and Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Mike visited the CVR a few weeks ago and gave a wonderful seminar about his lab’s work on using a technique he pioneered called ‘quantitative temporal viromics’ (which is a kind of… Continue reading

Battling ebolavirus in Sierra Leone

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Before we had Zika virus on our minds there was Ebola. 2015 saw the most devastating human epidemic of ebolavirus ever recorded.  This outbreak began in December 2013 in the forests of Guinea and spread rapidly into neighbouring countries of Liberia and Sierra Leone, reaching Nigeria, the USA and even Glasgow, Scotland in the UK.… Continue reading

The CVR on TWiV: Ebolavirus experiences

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Last week, as part of the Glasgow Science Festival, Vincent Racaniello was visiting the CVR. Vincent is the well-known host of the weekly netcast TWiV (This Week in Virology), “the podcast all about viruses”. While here he recorded two podcasts, the first of which went live a few days ago. Vincent was taking part in the British Society for… Continue reading