What if the next pandemic comes, not from wet markets overseas, but from our own factory farms? Martha Nelson, who studies viruses at the NIH, says we are playing Russian roulette with potentially dangerous influenza strains on our pig farms.
In this episode, we explain what makes these giant farms so likely to breed the next pandemic virus — and spread that virus into the world. And then, we look at solutions — from creating a virus-resistant pig, to developing a universal vaccine, to changing the systems we have for raising meat itself.
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Byrd Pinkerton (@byrdala), podcast producer, Vox
Martha Nelson (@swientist), epidemiologist, National Institutes of Health
Juergen Richt (@juergenricht), professor of veterinary medicine, Kansas State University
Sigal Samuel (@SigalSamuel), staff writer, Vox
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