Confronting Zika and Other Viruses, with Bill Nye and Laurie Garrett – StarTalk All-Stars

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About This Episode

If you want to sleep tonight, skip this episode of StarTalk All-Stars. Host Bill Nye, co-host Chuck Nice and fan-favorite virus expert Laurie Garrett examine how we’re fighting Zika, West Nile, and other viruses – and why the battle may not be going our way. You’ll learn more than you want to know about the Zika virus, including how it’s transmitted and why it’s so difficult to develop a vaccine against. Find out about the Aedes aegypti mosquito that carries Zika, Yellow Fever, Chikungunya and more, including that it can breed in stagnant or fresh water, why global warming is increasing its territory, and how it was first brought to the Americas from Africa – by the slave trade. And we’re just scratching the surface of everything you’ll discover in this episode. For instance, did you know that most of us carry anthrax in our guts, or that exposure to just two strains of Dengue will make you sick, but a third is fatal 50% of the time? Laurie fills us in on the resurgence of polio, the lost battle against West Nile virus, the Dengue outbreak in Hawaii, and how HIV has infected over 75 million people since 1979. It’s not all bad news, though. You’ll hear how the HPV vaccine has reduced cervical cancer by 64%, as well as about plans by the NIH and NSF to learn about potential threats from unidentified bacteria, viruses and phages, while the WHO and CDC are considering genetically modifying males to reduce mosquito populations. Plus, in “That Day in Science,” Bill and Chuck discuss the Bubonic Plague, which wiped out 1/3 of the population of Europe in just 3 years and is forever enshrined in the beloved kid’s game, “Ring Around the Rosie.”

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In This Episode

  • Host

    Bill Nye the Science Guy

    Bill Nye
    The Science Guy
  • Co-Host

    Chuck Nice

    Chuck Nice
  • Guest

    person: Laurie Garrett

    Laurie Garrett
    Pulitzer Prize winning Science Journalist, Senior Fellow of the Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations

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  • Nqina Dlamini

    Incredibly interesting episode. For some reason I had low expectations (I know, I know, no Neil, no fun prejudice), but this was one of the best ones. Thank you guys.

  • Stevan Radovic

    For anyone wanting to fight Zika you can download BOINC
    hook up WCG project to it and fight Zika through their application. (project is run by an institution in Brasil, I forgot which one…)

  • Brilliant how Nye speaks to the danger caused by the wistful ignorance libertarian idealogues.

  • We actually normally list songs on each episode page, with links to them on YouTube. Right now, they’re not showing up because we’re having a glitch in our website that we’re working on fixing. We’re working on restoring the song listings. Stay tuned…

  • Here you go, Jonas:
    “Seven Nation Army” –The White Stripes (Zella Day Cover)

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