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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 335: Ebola lite

 

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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The TWiVumvirate discusses a whole Ebolavirus vaccine that protects primates, the finding that Ebolavirus is not undergoing rapid evolution, and a proposal to increase the pool of life science researchers by cutting money and time from grants.

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This episode is sponsored byASM Microbe and ICAAC/ICC

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Pinboard
Rich - Academic medicine investment in medical research
Kathy - Tissue paper stop motion animation
Dickson - Do peer review panels select best science proposals?
Vincent - MMR and autism: Still no association

Listener Pick of the Week

Ramon - Autism by MMR vaccine status
Mehul -  Ebolavirus disease course
Justin - Molecular Biology of Bacterial Viruses by Gunther S. Stent

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TWiV 334: In vino virus

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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The TWiVles talk about endogenous viruses in plants, sex and Ebolavirus transmission, an outbreak of canine influenza in the US, Dr. Oz, and doubling the NIH budget.

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Weekly Science Picks 1:17:05

Alan - NIH RFI: How do we fix this mess?
Rich - Editing embryos (PopSci, Prot Cell)
Kathy - Creative class presentations (one, two, three, four)
Dickson - The most tornadoes
Vincent - Apollo 13, 45 years later (Ars, IEEE, Farewell)

Listener Pick of the Week

Johnye - Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka Send your virology questions and comments (email or mp3 file) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TWiV 333: Naturally curious chimeras

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Ben Fensterheim, Megan Freeman, Bobak Parang, and Meredith Rogers

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Vincent returns to Vanderbilt University and meets up with Ben, Megan, Bobak, and Meredith to learn about life in the Medical Scientist Training Program.

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TWiV 332: Vanderbilt virology

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Seth BordensteinJames Crowe, and Mark Denison

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Vincent visits Vanderbilt University and meets up with Seth, Jim, and Mark to talk about their work on a virus of Wolbachia, anti-viral antibodies, and coronaviruses.

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TWiV 331: Why is this outbreak different from all other outbreaks?

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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The TWiV team discusses the possible association of the respiratory pathogen enterovirus D68 with neurological disease.

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Weekly Science Picks 1:53:50

Alan - OU0POLIO ham radio special event station (on air reports)
Rich - Crane building itself (YouTube)
Kathy - Vaccine heroes LEGO project
Dickson - Life at the limits
Vincent - Emperor of all Maladies film and Conference gender balance

Listener Pick of the Week

Jake - Designing useful microbes

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TWiV 330: A swinging gate

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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The TWiVers explain how a protein platform assists the hepatitis C virus RNA polymerase to begin the task of making viral genomes.

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Weekly Science Picks 1:32:25

Alan - X-Flare 2.1 captured
Rich - Volvo ocean race drops research buoys (YouTube)
Kathy - Nature double-blind peer review
Dickson - Largest cave in the world
Vincent - New program for early-career scientists

Listener Pick of the Week

Michael - Space Engine and Kerbal Space Program
Varun CN - Incognito by David Eagleman

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TWiV 329: Pox in the balance

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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The TWiV team reviews identification of immune biomarkers in CFS/ME patients, and how a cell nuclease controls the innate immune response to vaccinia virus infection.

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Weekly Science Picks 1:35:10

Alan - NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory video
Rich - Mutagenic chain reaction (Video: Genome editing with CRISPR)
Kathy - Science Ambassadors Program
Dickson - Street Art
Vincent - End Polio Now

Listener Pick of the Week

Ross - Three PhD Comics on Nature vs Science (one, two, three)
Ricardo - Demographic Party Trick

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TWiV 328: Lariat tricks in 3D

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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The TWiVocateurs discuss how the RNA polymerase of enteroviruses binds a component of the splicing machinery and inhibits mRNA processing.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Positively Negative (PLoS One)
Rich - ISS assembly (YouTube)
Kathy - Ancient trees
Dickson - Carolyn Porco
Vincent - Tony Fauci on Ebola outbreak (YouTube)

Listener Pick of the Week

David - Shot by Shot
Judi - The Power of Herd Immunity

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TWiV 327: Does a gorilla shift in the woods?

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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The eTWiVicators review evidence that the HIV-1 group O epidemic began with a single cross-species transmission of virus from western lowland gorillas.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - California bill to eliminate personal vaccine exemptions
RichKepler observatory (Kepler-186f)
Kathy - USGS disease map
Dickson - Philosphy of Microbiology by Maureen O'Malley
Vincent - Nautilus

Listener Pick of the Week

Ken - Life in our phage world (online, book party); All about that base
Neal - Gilles van Cutsem at CROI
Ricardo - Flow hive

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TWiV 326: Giving HIV a flat tyr

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Rich Condit

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The sternutating TWiVers discuss preventing infection of cells and animals by a soluble CD4-CCR5 molecule that binds to HIV-1 virus particles.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Toms River by Dan Fagin
RichSpin by Robert Charles
Vincent - FCC votes for net neutrality (ArsTechnica)

Listener Pick of the Week

Neal - Why doesn't everyone get the flu vaccine?
Fernando - Zombie Jonas Salk hunts idiots
Neva - Physicists in biology

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