Disease Takes Flight on Leathery Wings


Common brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus), Chiroptera, Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images
Common brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus), Chiroptera, Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images

Bats have been demonized through history. Our folklore and horror stories tell us they’re something to be afraid of because they’re "creatures of the night" with weird abilities like echolocation. And recent events tell us they carry diseases that could kill us. But bats could also have super immune systems that allow them to live long lives, avoid cancer and fight off viruses. What can we learn from them? Robert and Christian explore...

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Topics in this Podcast: bats, disease, biology