Big Picture Science – Going Viral

by Gary Niederhoff on December 12, 2011

The term “bird flu” is a misnomer, scientists say, because almost all human influenza originates in our feathered friends. How it lands in you and spreads is another matter …

Hear what it takes for a virus to go global, from a virus hunter who plans to stop epidemics in their tiny DNA tracks with an innovative global surveillance system.

Also, why your genome is littered with fossil viruses of the past … the two largest viruses discovered so far, Mimi and Mega, square off … and, what it takes for ideas to “go viral.”

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Living With Viruses
Part 2: Mega Virus
Part 3: Are Viruses Alive?
Part 4: Cross-Species Viruses
Part 5: Fossil Viruses
Part 6: Viral Forecasting
Part 7: Viral Culture

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