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Of Note: Biologist Ploegh to discuss H1N1 at MIT Museum’s ‘Soap Box’

The H1N1 "swine" flu.
The H1N1 "swine" flu.
Image: National Institutes of Health

MIT Professor of Biology Hidde Ploegh will discuss the H1N1 flu pandemic at the MIT Museum’s first Soap Box event of the fall season.

The interactive discussion will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the MIT Museum. Ploegh will help event attendees understand critical issues about the flu pandemic: How likely is it to get worse? Why are people questioning the safety of the vaccine? Why is this virus so tough to figure out?

A leading researcher of immune-system behavior, Ploegh is a member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. He studies the various tactics that viruses employ to evade human immune responses and is taking time to help people better understand this complex issue.

The Soap Box programs are fun and casual ways to learn more about critical issues from top scientists at MIT. New this season is host Ben Wiehe, who just joined the MIT Museum as the Science Festival Alliance Manager.

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