Fresh Air interview: links to information on viruses, antivirals, the microbiome, and more

By Carl Zimmer | April 18, 2012 10:16 am

Yesterday my Fresh Air interview was broadcast. You can listen to it here. I’ve been lots of emails with follow-up questions, and it occurred to me that I really ought to gather up some links to more information about the topics I discussed.

If I haven’t addressed a question you had listening to the show, leave a comment to this post and I’ll add a link.

Antivirals:
My feature in Wired on the search for antiviral drugs

The “virome”–the viruses that live in our body:
A Loom post about the swarms of viruses in the mouth, where they kill off bacteria
An article in Nature about a study of the viruses in identical twins

The microbiome
My article in the New York Times
My essay on the Loom about medical ecology
My Wired atlas of the human ecosystem
An example of microbiome research: extreme navel gazing
Maryn McKenna’s story in Scientific American on the struggle to mainstream fecal transplants to treat deadly infections
Ed Yong’s oeuvre on the microbiome at Not Exactly Rocket Science
Mayrn McKenna on her blog at Wired writing on the link between beneficial bacteria and protection from asthma, obesity, and other ills.

My books related to the interview
A Planet of Viruses
Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life

Comments (5)

  1. Very interesting topic.. How do these viruses and microbes effect people with asthma and other related deficiencies?

    [CZ: I've just added a couple items above]

  2. Paul

    Huh, so that’s where Todd Rider ended up (looking at antivirals link). I assume that’s the same Rider who did his Ph.D. in plasma physics/advanced fuel fusion at MIT under Lidsky; that dissertation pretty much closed off the subfield it was on, so a complete change of career was probably called for. Good for him!

  3. Bruce Townley

    Hi, just wanted to say that I really enjoyed listening to the interview on FRESH AIR last night, Carl.

  4. AC Anderson

    Very interesting Fresh Air interview. I was hoping to hear more about Interferons, as I have MS and have been prescribed two medicines made from Interferons. Great work!

  5. Rafael

    Maybe one day the healthy care will perform a full sequemcing of our microbiome before even start any treatment. We could have a library of bacteria to fight infection in a more natural way
    A believe that we should study more about our natural way to live in nature. For instance, studying how young indians cope with infection and so on

    Thanks for the post

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