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“We have given you, O Adam, no visage proper to yourself, nor endowment properly your own, in order that whatever place, whatever form, whatever gifts you may, with premeditation, select, these same you may have and possess through your own judgement and decision […] We have made you a creature neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal, in order that you may, as the free and proud shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer.”
Oration on the Dignity of Man – Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

Viruses: the eternal war

published on 22 03 2006

What you need to know about viruses in general and avian flu in particular, explained in an entertaining and understandable way. Is the bird flu virus going to recombine and be able to be transmitted from animals to humans? How do scientists prepare this new battle? Will we have better vaccines and antivirals?
In “Quèquicom”, leading experts explain what a virus is, how it infects, how it multiplies and what its weaknesses. Speakers: virologist in the Department of Microbiology at the UB, Rosina Gironès, medical epidemiologist at the Clinical Hospital-UB, Antoni Trilla, Josefina Enfedaque, scientific officer of the European Commission, the vaccine expert of Fort Dodge Veterinaria, Joan Plana, and researcher at the Institute of Biomedical Research and the Institute of Molecular Biology (CSIC), Miquel Coll.