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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.
The complete TWiV team discusses the amazing finding that cyclic GMP-AMP synthase is a cytosolic innate immune DNA sensor.
Download TWiV 222 (70 MB .mp3, 97 min)
Vincent, Dickson, and Kathy review two emerging bunyaviruses, SFTSV and SBV.
Download TWiV 221 (66 MB .mp3, 91 min)
Kathy - Winners, 2012 Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge
Vincent - The Operator and Dr. Oz's Problem
Vincent, Rich, Alan, and Kathy discuss regulation of influenza virus replication by splicing, and the bacteriophage T7 random walk.
Download TWiV 220 (69 MB .mp3, 95 min)
Download TWiV 219 (46 MB .mp3, 64 min)
Download TWiV 218 (64 MB .mp3, 89 min)
Download TWiV 217 (69 MB .mp3, 95 min)
Bjorn, Marshall, Meaghan - Glass sculptures of Luke Jerram
Vincent, Alan, Rich, and Kathy resume the virology 101 series with a discussion of RNA capping, splicing, and export.
Download TWiV 216 (67 MB .mp3, 93 min)
Vincent, Alan, and Kathy review the finding that rabies virus infection alters but does not kill neurons, and provide an update on the novel coronavirus in the Middle East.
Download TWiV 215 (66 MB .mp3, 92 min)
Tarwin - Plague Inc.
Vincent, Alan, and Kathy discuss how coagulation factor X binding to adenovirus activates the innate immune system, and a novel polyomavirus associated with brain tumors in raccoons.
Download TWiV 214 (56 MB .mp3, 78 min)
In their final episode of the year, the TWiV team reviews twelve cool virology stories from 2012.
Download TWiV 213 (88 MB .mp3, 122 min)
Matt - The flu vaccine controversy