Futures in Biotech 40

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Futures in Biotech
Episode 40

Futures in Biotech 40: Virus Reborn


World leading virologist explains why he revived a virus that killed 50 million people...

Guest Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Dr Peter Palese, Professor & Chair of Microbiology, Mount Sinai, New York City.

In the winter of 1918-19, fifty million people died horrible deaths from the Spanish flu. The threat of this happening again today is ever so present. And while we have drugs that are fairly effective against influenza, they are not fool-proof.

The possible devastation to humanity from this threat is at par with a large catastrophic asteroid hurling toward earth. The world will look to the best and brightest scientists and clinicians in hopes that they know and understand the virus well enough to fight it.

Well, Dr. Palese has made great contributions to our understanding of influenza, and his scientific endeavors have given us the knowledge and tools to prevent this potential devastation.

Thanks to Phil Pelletier and Will Hall for the opening and closing themes!

Comments and suggestions: marc @ twit.tv

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Production Information

  • Recorded Date: March, 2009
  • Release Date: March 30, 2009
  • Duration: 1:09:20
  • Log line:
  • Edited by: MP
  • Notes: NA
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