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Incubation is a new podcast that traces the history of humanity through viruses. We’ve all seen how the SARS CoV2 pandemic changed... more

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Phages: Bacteria’s Worst Nightmare

Can bacteriophages help us in the fight against antibiotic-resistant infections? Author Tom Ireland joins the show to discuss the fascinating... more

26 Oct 2023 · 30 minutes
Herpes: Symptoms and Stigma

Why do we all know so little about the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), despite the fact that herpes infections are... more

19 Oct 2023 · 22 minutes
HPV: Unpacking Papilloma

What can the mythical jackalope teach us about HPV? Author Michael Branch tells the story of how scientists first discovered... more

12 Oct 2023 · 27 minutes
Influenza: In the Wild

What risk does H5N1 pose to humans? We hear from David Quammen, author of “Spillover,” about the vast and complicated... more

05 Oct 2023 · 27 minutes
The Common Cold: A Viral Mystery

What do we know – and not know – about the suite of viral infections known as “the common cold”?... more

28 Sep 2023 · 29 minutes
RSV: The Quest for a New Vaccine

What is ‘structure-based’ vaccine design? Before scientists used these techniques to design vaccines against Covid, they were testing them in... more

21 Sep 2023 · 23 minutes
Polio: The Last Mile

Why has polio been so challenging to eradicate? Karen Torghele tells the story of two polio vaccines and the two... more

14 Sep 2023 · 27 minutes
Smallpox: Gone but Not Forgotten

What can we learn from the centuries-long quest to eradicate smallpox, once the scourge of humanity? And how did it... more

07 Sep 2023 · 26 minutes
Introducing: Incubation

A new podcast that traces the history of humanity through viruses. New episodes weekly starting September 7.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy... more

31 Aug 2023 · 1 minute
Phages: Bacteria’s Worst Nightmare