Cryptococcus neoformans, a visually indistinguishable relative of C. gattii. CDC; public domain.

I have just a quick update today as I'm working on a long blog post for this weekend. Last week I gave an interview for the Southern California Public Radio show "Take Two" on my feature story in this month's issue of Scientific American on the outbreak of the yeast Cryptococcus gattii among people living in the Pacific Northwest. It's six and a half minutes long and you can listen to it here.

They arranged for me to come to my local NPR affiliate to give the interview in their special recording studio, which was pretty exciting and nerve-wracking all at once. I'm still relatively new to this getting interviewed (as opposed to interviewing) business and in my haste and nervousness, I made a few small errors. For instance, I know the rainforests in the Pacific Northwest are temperate, not tropical. Nevertheless, I'm happy with the end result and I think the public radio folk did a good job assembling the interview. Enjoy!