Science Behind the News: Influenza & Flu Vaccines

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Every flu season, Americans battle coughs, fevers and body aches. The flu is a respiratory illness caused by a virus, a pathogen that causes disease in the human body. To understand how the flu is caught, spread and treated, Duke University's Katia Koelle explains the biology of a virus and how it is transmitted. "Science Behind the News" is produced in partnership with NBC Learn.

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MWV Episode 76 - Jeffrey Almond - Vaccine Development

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Dr. Jeffrey Almond began his career as an academic virologist studying influenza. Eventually Jeffrey started his own lab and began studying picornaviruses working on an oral polio vaccine strain. Following twenty years in academics including major contributions in the eradication of polio worldwide, Jeffrey transitioned into a career in industry working on vaccine development at Sanofi Pasteur. In March of 2013, Jeffrey was at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring conference to...

Influenza surveillance: Should we be monitoring swine herds? (MWV38)

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Pandemic H1N1 virus may be or may soon become endemic in large modern swine confinement facilities. Despite this, there is a paucity of influenza surveillance that is currently being conducted among swine populations. Watch Dr. Jeff Fox, Features Editor for Microbe Magazine interview Dr. Gregory Gray, University of Florida, Gainesville, about the importance of conducting influenza surveillance among pigs and workers in these facilities in hopes that we might quickly detect the emergence...

Adaptation and Evolution: The Life of an RNA Virus (MWV35)

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From the flu to HIV, RNA viruses challenge our immune systems like no other infectious agent on the planet. RNA viruses provide unique insights into the patterns and processes of evolutionary change in real time. The study of viral evolution is especially topical given the growing awareness that emerging and re-emerging diseases (most of which are caused by RNA viruses) represent a major threat to public health. How do RNA viruses adapt and change, and how do our bodies respond? Why are...

Dr. Greg Poland, Director of Mayo Vaccine Research Group, discusses H1N1 updates (Part 2)

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In this video recorded November 19, 2009, Dr. Gregory Poland, Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases and Director of the Mayo Vaccine Research group, discusses his review article to be published in the January 2010 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings ( ) review and to be published ahead of print in early December 2009 and provides updates on H1N1. In this segment of the interview, Dr. Poland addresses primarily a health care professional audience and...

Dr. Greg Poland, Director of Mayo Vaccine Research Group, provides H1N1 updates (Part 1)

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Dr. Greg Poland, Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Mayo Clinic and Director of the Mayo Vaccine Research Group, discusses his Mayo Clinic Proceedings review article on H1N1 (to be published ahead of print in early December 2009, available at ). In this segment of the interview, Dr. Poland discusses the continued importance of being vaccinated and the prospect of future waves of H1N! Infection, identifies the groups most at risk, discusses the...

This Week in Virology episode 60 - Making viral RNA

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Hosts Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier continue Virology 101 with a discussion of how RNA viruses produce mRNA and replicate their genomes.

Modern Transportation and Infectious Disease – MWV15

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From your local bus route to international air travel, infectious diseases can spread across the globe in a matter of hours. In this video podcast episode filmed at the Koshland Science Museum in Washington, D.C., Stephen Eubank from the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute of Virginia Tech and Daniel Lucey from Georgetown University discuss the role of transportation in the spread of disease and examine the effectiveness of various measures to curb transmission. Stephen Eubank, Ph.D., is a...