The virus hunters

Radio Open Source, after a number of requests, has done a program on avian influenza. You can listen to the broadcast here. The guests on the program include:

William Karesh
Head of the Field Veterinary Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society

David Swayne
Director of the USDA Southeast Poultry Research Lab

Edward Dubovi
Director of the Viral Section of the Diagnostic Lab at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Rubin Donis
Chief of Molecular Genetics at the Influenza Branch of the CDC

They also have a A Complete Guide to Hunting the Bird Flu Online page, which includes mentions of this website, The Flu Wiki, and Effect Measure, among others.

And while you’re at it, check out the other programs on the left sidebar. Past shows have discussed intelligent design (with Ken Miller); A Christian America; and Juan Cole on the war in Iraq, among others.

2 Replies to “The virus hunters”

  1. we’re pleased to be in such sterling company. it was a fascinating show, and a reminder that emerging infectious diseases are so often derived from animals.

    Cooperation with the vets is key. Here in CT, it’s West Nile Virus (birds) and Lyme Disease (deer, mice). Next, who knows?

  2. I agree. We’ve been training a number of vets here in our MPH program, and have collaborators in veterinary medicine at Iowa State, U of Wisconsin, and elsewhere. Wildlife biologists as well, keeping us posted on things like prion disease in the deer populations, raccoon roundworm, other issues.

    Some recent publications on this that may be of interest: Potential of cooperation between human and animal health to strengthen health systems from December 2005’s Lancet; and Host range and emerging and reemerging pathogens, also out last month in EID.

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