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TWiV 101 Letters

Russ writes:

I think this image from www.3d4medical.com is great!

This is a cool app for the iPad. This would make a great pick of the week


Julian writes:

Dear Vincent, Dick, and colleagues,

My name is Julian, DVM, MSC in Virology and PhD candidate fron Universidad Nacional of Colombia (South America). After some discussions with some Virologist including Dr Anne-Lise Haenni (Business Secretary from ICTV) we wrote a disscussion paper about the "Living Nature" of viruses, trying to travel from the virus history to the new concepts and findings about viruses.

This paper were published in the last number of Acta Virol (Viruses, virophages, and their living nature -http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20545437) and I would like to share it with the biggest team of Virologist on the web (I attached you a PDF copy of the paper).

Keep on-line podcasting, you have faithful listeners on this tropical virology area. I hope to meet you in the ASV meeting in Bozeman.

As a pick of the week, I would like to share the best Virology Book that I have ever read: "The Invisible Enemy: A Natural History of Viruses" from Dorothy Crawford, Professor of Virology from the University of Edinburgh.

Best regards



South America

[This article was referenced in Julian's paper: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19270719]

Matt writes:

Dear Dr Racaniello and TWIV cast,

I love your show and have been listening to it since Nov 2009 , I know that the topic of viral DNA being integrated into the human genome has come up before , my question is could viral DNA that is in the genome from 100's to 1000's of years ago be expressed and produce a virion ? Could it be possible for a virus to aquire genes from another virus that is in our genome? Thanks for the podcast and all the great work yall put into it.

Sincerely Matt from South Carolina

Alex writes:

Hello Vincent and Dick (and all those other experts I have yet to hear on TWiV),

I am an undergraduate microbiologist and the university of Leeds and I wanted to thank you for you marvellous podcast which I discovered last night, we recently broke up for our summer holidays (or vacation as I've heard you say across the pond) and I am finding both TWiV and TWiP very interesting so thanks for that.

I thought I would let you know that the article in New Scientist mentioned in episode 1 titled "Welcome to the virosphere" was what initially tweaked my interest in microbiology and led me to study it in higher education. It seems only appropriate that it is mentioned again as I finish my first year of study.

You're doing a great job with the podcasts, please keep it up!


University of Leeds

Kathy writes:


I was so excited when I started listening to TWIV 87 because I have been a part of Dr. Hatfull’s Phagehunting program. I am a high school teacher in Illinois and was accepted to the first teacher outreach program and spent a week in the summer of 2006 at the University of Pittsburgh learning the protocols for isolating phages. The goal was for teachers to get their students involved in authentic research all over the country. That first year I had 8 students in 3 classes who found their own phage. One of them came in after school to finish isolating it and getting it ready to send to Pitt. She named the phage. It was sequenced and we were able to annotate the genome-it was then submitted to GenBank under our names. This was very exciting to me and to my students. I’ve gone back 3 summers and have trained 3 years worth of students to phagehunt.

While there, we got to listen to lectures on current research in phages and bioinformatics. We also worked closely with Steve Cresawn on bioinformatics. So they are reaching more than just undergrads and local high school students.

The grant has been re-newed so I will go back as long as they’ll have me!


High school teacher and TWIV enthusiast


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