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Episode 8: The Virus-Eye View

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Today's episode: The Virus-Eye View. 

We know, more or less, what the new coronavirus looks like … but what do we look like to it? 

In today’s episode, we imagine a little movie filmed from the point of view of the virus itself. We follow it as it enters the body, and get the blow-by-blow as it goes about its dastardly business of locking on to a cell, invading it, taking over its machinery and turning it into a virus factory. 

And we hear about an especially diabolical trick the virus pulls on its way out of a cell, which still gives me the creeps. 

Finally, we consider how insights into how this virus behaves on a molecular level could help us outsmart and, eventually, defeat it.

We get help on this little microbiology journey from Harmit Malik and Jesse Bloom of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Basic Sciences Division; Lexi Walls, senior scientist in the David Veesler lab at the University of Washington; and Wes Van Voorhis, professor of medicine at UW. 

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Gabriel Spitzer is the Host and Senior Producer of Sound Effect, KNKX's "weekly tour of ideas inspired by the place we live." Gabriel was previously KNKX's Science and Health Reporter. He joined KNKX after years covering science, health and the environment at WBEZ in Chicago. There, he created the award-winning mini-show, Clever Apes. Having also lived in Alaska and California, Gabriel feels he’s been closing in on Seattle for some time, and has finally landed on the bullseye.