I Am The Virus

A virus eye view of the world

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Ever since this whole "swine flu" thing erupted it's been nothing but talk about humans, humans, humans. But what's it been like to be a virus these last few weeks? Today, we shrink down to take a look at life from the point of view of one of the world's smallest biological toxins. How, really, do viruses get out of one organism and travel to another? (Warning: It's pretty gross.) What perils face a virus that ventures outside the human body? Our microscopic tour guide is The Takeaway's favorite virus hunter, Dr. Susan P. Fisher-Hoch, an epidemiologist at the University of Texas School of Public Health and co-author of Level 4: Virus Hunters of the CDC.

If you want to see the view of the body a virus sees, all you have to do is watch Fantastic Voyage, a 1966 classic in which "four men and a beautiful lady" were shrunk down and sent into the bloodstream on a submarine (it was not yellow):

Guests:

Dr. Susan P. Fisher-Hoch

Hosted by:

Farai Chideya

Contributors:

Molly Webster

Comments [1]

Christine Rath

http://theniftythrifty.blogspot.com/2009/04/fantastic-voyage.html

Love the reference. I found this movie scary for a whole different reason!

May. 06 2009 08:40 AM

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