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The Sign of the Ninja Virus with Jasdave Chahal and Omar Khan

May 5, 2017

 How do vaccines work to keep you healthy? It's like showing a "Wanted" sign with a picture of a bad guy to your body. When the disease shows up looking to make you sick, your body will be prepared to fight it off. 

 Imagine this poster, but with this ugly/fuzzy Zika molecule attached:

 

Omar Khan and Jasdave Chahal, the scientists of our Vaccine Dream Team, have developed an experimental new way to develop vaccines so they can get to the people who need them more quickly. Here are a few articles where you can learn more about the science behind the idea: 

 

HOT SHOTS: MIT postdocs deliver a disruptive rapid vaccine development platform (MIT Spectrum)

 

EXPERIMENTAL VACCINE COULD PROVIDE RAPID RESPONSE TO DISEASES (Reuters)

 

NANOPARTICLES SPEED UP VACCINES (The Naked Scientists podcast, interview with Omar)

 

But what about the basics? Glad you asked! Try this video from PBS/NOVA on immunity and vaccines:

 

 

Or this one from our friend Joe Hanson of It's Okay to Be Smart!

 

We have educational resources to go along with this episode on our Patreon. Check it out!

 

Are you an educator or homeschooling parent? We want to know how you use Tumble! Email us at tumblepodcast@gmail.com. We'll send you a sample of our educational materials in exchange for your feedback.

 

 

 

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