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This Week in Virology

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This Week in Virology (TWiV) is a podcast – or netcast, as some prefer to call them, since you don’t need an iPod to listen – about viruses. It was begun in September 2008 by Vincent Racaniello and Dick Despommier, two science Professors at Columbia University Medical Center. Their goal was to have an informal yet informative conversation about viruses which would be accessible to everyone, no matter what their science background. We wanted to eventually bring other virologists into the conversation, to make it more varied and interesting. Alan Dove, a science writer, joined us late in 2008, and Rich Condit, a poxvirologist, joined in 2009. We’ve had a number of guests on the show and we’re always trying to get more.

Why are we doing this? Dick, Rich, and I have spent our entire academic careers directing research laboratories, so we have a lot of knowledge to share. Plus, we both enjoy teaching. Put those two things together, and you have TWiV. If you want to learn about viruses in a relaxing way, then TWiV is for you.

TWiV 292: Medimmune goes viral

Vincent visits Medimmune and speaks with Wade, Matt, Nicole, and Ken about why they work in industry and their daily roles in a biotechnology company.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Wade Blair, Matt Dickson, Nicole Kallewaard-Lelay, and Ken Miller.

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TWiV 291: Ft. Collins abuzz with virologists

Vincent, Rich, and Kathy and their guests Clodagh and Ron recorded this episode at the 33rd annual meeting of the American Society for Virology at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guests: Clodagh O'Shea and Ron Fouchier

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Weekly Science Picks

Rich - No sexual transmission of HCV (Am J Gastro)
Vincent
- Made with code (blog post)
Kathy - Beautiful math images (and 50 Visions of Mathematics)

Listener Pick of the Week

Jon - Advances in Life Sciences winners (YouTube)
Dave - Adam Ruben

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TWiV 290: Baylor goes viral

Vincent meets up with Janet Butel and Rick Lloyd at Baylor College of Medicine to talk about their work on polyomaviruses and virus induced stress.

 

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Janet Butel and Rick Lloyd

 

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TWiV 289: Vinny and the capsids

Vinny and the capsids answer listener questions about the definition of life, state vaccination laws, the basic science funding problem, viral ecology, inactivation of viruses by pressure, and much more.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - The Science of Good Cooking 
Vincent - 
The Shooter Report (pdf)
Kathy - Daily overview
Dickson - Girl rising

Listener Pick of the Week

Johnye - Ri channel
Ricardo - Open spin microscope (Nikon gallery, plans)
Chris - The microbiome game

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TWiV 288: ebircsnart esreveR

The Twivsters discuss how reverse transcriptase encoded in the human genome might produce DNA copies of RNA viruses in infected cells.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Weekly Science Picks

Rich - Luvalamps
Alan - Experiment
Vincent - 
American Society for Virology on Facebook
Kathy - LEGO female scientists
Dickson - The Oldest Living Things in the World by Rachel Sussman

Listener Pick of the Week

Basel - A Treatise on the small-pox and measles by Abu-Bakr Al-Razi

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TWiV 287: A potentially pandemic podcast

Matt updates the TWiV team on MERS-coronavirus, and joins in a discussion of whether we should further regulate research on potentially pandemic pathogens.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, Kathy Spindler, and Matt Frieman

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Weekly Science Picks

Matt - Forgive me, scientists
Alan - Do not link
Vincent - 
bioRxiv
Kathy - Snail photographs
Dickson - Solar roadways

Listener Pick of the Week

Daniel - Benz Biome concept car

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TWiV 286: Boston TWiV party

Vincent and Alan meet up with Julie and Paul at the General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Boston, to talk about their work on the pathogenesis of poliovirus and measles virus.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Alan Dove 

Guests: Julie Pfeiffer and Paul Duprex

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Weekly Science Picks

Vincent - ASM Live 2014
Alan - I will not follow the herd
Paul - Invisible Threat
Julie - The importance of stupidity in biological research

Listener Pick of the Week

Neil - WEHI movies and VIZBI

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TWiV 285: Hokies go viral

Vincent meets up with XJ Meng and Sarah McDonald at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg to talk about their work on viruses of swine and rotaviruses.

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: XJ Meng and Sarah McDonald

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TWiV 284: By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiV team discusses how skin scarification promotes a nonspecific immune response, and whether remaining stocks of smallpox virus should be destroyed.

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Weekly Science Picks

Rich - EPCOT
Vincent - 
Medical Biotechnology
Kathy - Alan Alda interview and Flame Challenge winner
Dickson - NASA live from space

Listener Pick of the Week

Nicola - 50 cent microscope (be a beta tester)
Jon - Camtasia Studio

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TWiV 283: No Reston for the weary

 Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Jens H. Kuhn

Jens speaks with the TWiV team about filoviruses, including the recent Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - AMNH digital special collections
Vincent - 
Viral entry into host cells (Stefan Pöhlmann PhD, Graham Simmons PhD, eds)
Kathy - Papilloma song lyrics (pdf)
Jens - The Logic of Chance by Eugene V. Koonin

Listener Pick of the Week

Joe - Poor showing of 2012 influenza vaccine (Nature)
Phil - Emerging disease or emerging diagnosis? (YouTube)

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