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In preparation for the Northern hemisphere's 'flu season, Josie speaks with the CVR’s Dr Ed Hutchinson – an MRC career development fellow – and Dr Swetha Vijayakrishnan, a postdoc in the group of Dr David Bhella for our latest episode and asks them about a mysterious aspect of influenza biology.
Ed and Swetha share a fascination with the reasons why viruses such as influenza and ebola produce very, very long and thin particles and here they tell us about how they're using state-of-the-art proteomic and molecular techniques in combination with advanced 'cryo' electron microscopy to understand the biology of these amazing filamentous structures.
Read more on our blog post here: cvr.academicblogs.co.uk/freezing-flu-filaments/
Image adapted from Vijayakrishnan et al., 2013 (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23754946)
Edited intro/outro music credit: 'Take me higher' by 'Jahzzar'. freemusicarchive.org/music/Jahzzar/…Me_Higher_1626 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/).
Edited voiceover music credit: “Mountain Bells” by Lobo Loco from the album “Moments” freemusicarchive.org/music/Lobo_Loc…Mountain_Bells
Recorded by Josie Bellhouse and produced by Josie Bellhouse and Connor Bamford.