Monday Night PlayGround
S.T.E.M. Night
January 16, 2017 at 8pm
performing at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Topic: GOING VIRAL

There will be a free pre-show panel discussion with several of the playwrights at 7:10pm on January 16.


Additional background material on this month's topic.

Intro to Virology/Viruses
1. Wiki Article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virology#Other_uses_of_viruses
2. Various applications of viruses https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virus#Applications

Pandemics/Viral Diseases
1. Figuring out the next potential pandemic https://www.ted.com/talks/nathan_wolfe_hunts_for_the_next_aids
2. Zika http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/5-ways-the-zika-virus-is-here-to-stay_us_58534246e4b039044707f495
3. Scientists “crack” atomic structure HIV’s intasome (plus great details about how retroviruses work) https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170105143501.htm

Nanotechnology + Viral Medicine
1. New nanotech that “traps viruses” https://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/01/new-nanotechnology-traps-viruses-they-infect-host-cells
2. Designing Synthetic Viruses https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zctk6MZaxMk
3. Virotherapy in treating cancer https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/may/26/skin-cancer-patients-successfully-treated-with-herpes-based-drug

Viral Ideas (spread through Tech)
1. Viral memes in election year http://fusion.net/story/367589/know-your-meme-2016-meme-election-viral/

Viruses and Human Evolution
1. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160713100911.htm