following the recent MERS outbreak comes several speculations and studies on how it started, what perpetuates it, and how it can be prevented. In this podcast episode of This Week in Virology, host Matt Frieman shares updates on the MERS-coronavirus, discusses whether research on potentially pandemic pathogens should be regulated more strictly.

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Matt is joined by co-hosts Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler.

TWiV is an interesting take on news and insights on issues related to viral infections, as well as developments in vaccines, immunization, research, and other fields that touch on virology. Since the topic is highly specialized and tends to be a little too heavy for regular listeners, there is an attempt at humor and lightheartedness that makes the conversations much easier to understand and digest, the same way a host would assimilate a virus.

You can download Episode 287, and check out more of their episodes in the Archives.