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Glasgow Skeptics visit Café Sci: Influenza and Ignorance
February 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
So we don’t have an official Glasgow Skeptics event on this date … but our friends over in Cafe Scientifique have got something to tickle your fancy instead.
The topic this time: Influenza and the Inevitability of Ignorance
In 1918-9 a new strain of influenza caused the most severe outbreak of disease in recorded history. In the century that followed we have learnt a great deal about what causes influenza and why it can be such a severe disease. But now, as in 1918, we still only see part of the picture. This talk will use influenza to consider the way ignorance is woven through our understanding of disease: the inevitable gaps in our scientific knowledge, the ways in which we ignore and misunderstand the risks posed by familiar diseases, and what degree of risk is acceptable when carrying out experiments to predict whether a virus is capable of causing a future pandemic.
About the Speaker:
Ed Hutchinson is a Research Fellow at the Medical Research Council-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, which houses the largest grouping of virologists in the UK. His research group studies the structure and composition of influenza viruses in order to determine what makes them infectious.
For more information about Café Scientifique:Visit their website: http://www.gla.ac.uk/events/cafescientifique/
The talk is free – although they do ask for donations
Accessibility: The talk is on the top floor of the store. There is a lift available for those unable to use the stairs.