Monday, July 6, 2020

Llamas and the Search for a Coronavirus Vaccine

Environmental & Science Education
Nature of Science
Edward Hessler

Ogden Nash was noted for his whimsical verse. Perhaps the most well known of all of them is The Llama.

The Llama
The one-l lama,
He's a priest.
The two-l lama
He's a beast.
And I will bet
A silk pajama
There isn't any

I hadn't known anything about the value of llamas to viral research until I stumbled across this video (7m 23s) from the New Yorker on their role in the development of a coronavirus vaccine.

Two of the Belgian scientists involved in this research describe their work and also nicely cover the territory of vaccine research and development. It also includes a transcript of the conversation.

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