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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 Special: Trial by Error, Continued

David Tuller returns to discuss the continuing saga of the UK’s PACE trial for chronic fatigue syndrome, including the accusation that he is engaging in libelous blogging.

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guest: David Tuller

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TWiV 443: On a leaf, no one can hear you scream

The TWiVsters reveal the puppet master: an RNA virus injected with wasp eggs that paralyzes the ladybug so that she protects the cocoon until the adult emerges.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Science Showcase Video Contest
Alan
- Biochemical pathways on one chart
Rich - 35th America’s Cup
Vincent -  Viruses (pdf) and A whole new Jupiter

Listener Pick

Peter - Fake typhoid epidemic saves Polish city and Life gets complicated when disease overruns your town
Ralph - Dilbert on climate change

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TWiV 442: The New York Tim

Freelance science journalist Tim Requarth joins the TWiVers to explain why scientists should stop thinking that explaining science will fix  information illiteracy.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Tim Requarth

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Life Saver Lightning
Alan
- Model rocket engine burning in slow-mo
Rich - scistarter
Vincent - The quest to wipe out a virus and FCC Votes to Begin Dismantling Net Neutrality

Listener Pick

Robert - Zika presentation

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TWiV 441: Don't ChrY for me influenza

The Beacons of Viral Education (aka the TWiVoners) reveal a cost of being a male mouse - the Y chromosome regulates their susceptibility to influenza virus infection.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Social science research on “luck” in motherhood
Alan
Foiling dinghy built by engineering students (video)
Rich - Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA)
Vincent - Make measles great again in Michigan and Which tech giant would you drop?

Listener Pick

Steven - Difficult truths about a post-truth world

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TWiV 440: I hardly noumeavirus

No problem not being nice to Dickson in this episode, because he's absent for a discussion of a new giant virus that replicates in the cytoplasm yet transiently accesses the nucleus to bootstrap infection.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - U-M Rubik’s Cube story   #1 video   #2 video    #3 video
Alan
- You're not going to believe this
Rich - High School student builds robot to solve Rubrik's cube
Vincent - NIH limits grant money and The abomination of a bill

Listener Pick

Ken - The Fab Lab with Crazy Aunt Lindsey
Laurel - Sally Hoskin’s CREATE program
MaureenSimple Science Experiments You Can Do With Eggs Before Breakfast
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TWiV 439: The purloined envelope

Paul Bieniasz joins the TWiV team to talk about the co-option, millions of years ago, of an endogenous retrovirus envelope protein by hominid ancestors for host defense against viral infection.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Paul Bieniasz

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - UM Science Communication TeachOut
Alan
- LLNL nuclear test videos
Rich - The Great A.I. Awakening  (Artificial neural network; DeepDream; DeepDream images)
Dickson
 - Cassini images
Paul - Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Vincent - Google rewrites search rankings; Senator Whitehouse on politics of climate change

Listener Pick

Anthony - Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Weather Monitor Kit

Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees.

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TWiV 438: Drs. TWiV go to Washington

On the eve of the March for Science, the TWiV team gathers at ASM Headquarters in Washington, DC with guests Stefano and Susie to talk about the state of science communication.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson Despommier, Alan Dove, and Rich Condit

Guests: Stefano Bertuzzi and Susan Sharp

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Weekly Science Picks

AlanSteve Ballmer’s government data project (NYTimes article)
Rich - Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Dickson
 - Shanghai vertical farming
Vincent - Right-to-try sham and NASA media
Stefano - Why Religion is Natural and Science is Not and The Path Between the Seas
Susan - Rick and Morty

Listener Pick

Johnye - A capella CRISPR/Cas9

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TWiV 437: Kathy's new spindle virus

The TWiVsters reveal new giant viruses that argue against a fourth domain of life, and discovery of viruses in the oceanic basement.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Cloud appreciation society
Rich - High Rise Urban Farming
Dickson
 - Planets orbiting a distant star
Vincent - TWiEVO 18: Raiders of the lost orco

Listener Pick

Kevin - Cherry blossoms at Brooklyn Botanical Garden

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TWiV 436: Virology above Cayuga's waters

At Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Vincent speaks with Susan, Colin, and Gary about the work of their laboratories on parvoviruses, influenza viruses, and coronaviruses that infect dogs, cats, horses and other mammals.

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Susan DanielColin Parrish, and Gary Whittaker

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TWiV 435: Two virus particles walk into a cell

The TWiVome discuss the blood virome of 8,420 humans, and thoroughly geek out on a paper about the number of parental viruses in a plaque.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Couple donates insect collection
Kathy
 - Why is science important to you?
Rich - Hook
Dickson
 - Ten Incredible Astronomy Pictures
Vincent - Why Trump’s NIH Cuts Should Worry Us and
The Real Threat to National Security: Deadly Disease

Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees.

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