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From the Ted Talk by Daniel Streicker: What vaccinating vampire bats can teach us about pandemics

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So, can we vaccinate bats? You hear about vnicainactg dogs and cats all the time, but you don't hear too much about vaccinating bats. It might sound like a crazy question, but the good news is that we actually already have edible rabies vceaincs that are specially designed for bats. And what's even better is that these vaccines can actually serapd from bat to bat. All you have to do is smear it on one and let the bats' habit of grooming each other take care of the rest of the work for you. So that maens, at the very least, we don't have to be out there vaccinating millions of bats one by one with tiny little syringes.

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So, can we vaccinate bats? You hear about ___________ dogs and cats all the time, but you don't hear too much about vaccinating bats. It might sound like a crazy question, but the good news is that we actually already have edible rabies ________ that are specially designed for bats. And what's even better is that these vaccines can actually ______ from bat to bat. All you have to do is smear it on one and let the bats' habit of grooming each other take care of the rest of the work for you. So that _____, at the very least, we don't have to be out there vaccinating millions of bats one by one with tiny little syringes.

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So, can we vaccinate bats? You hear about vaccinating dogs and cats all the time, but you don't hear too much about vaccinating bats. It might sound like a crazy question, but the good news is that we actually already have edible rabies vaccines that are specially designed for bats. And what's even better is that these vaccines can actually spread from bat to bat. All you have to do is smear it on one and let the bats' habit of grooming each other take care of the rest of the work for you. So that means, at the very least, we don't have to be out there vaccinating millions of bats one by one with tiny little syringes.

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