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Fri, 11th Nov 2011

Contagion Special

Dr. Terrence Tumpey examining reconstructed 1918 Pandemic Influenza Virus inside a specimen vial  (c) James Gathany/CDC

In this infectious special podcast, we explore the science behind Stephen Soderburgh's latest film, Contagion, which depicts the series of events that unfold with the outbreak of a new strain of flu.  The film has quite serious scientific credentials - Ian Lipkin, Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia univeristy was on hand every step of the way to ensure the film's scenarios were realistic. We find out more about the role of a scientific advisor, and what kind of public health measures we have in place should an outbreak like this really happen any time soon...

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