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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 TWiV crew discusses two reports on viruses that might have crossed kingdoms, from plants to honeybees and from plants to vertebrates.
Download TWiV 271 (69 MB .mp3, 96 min)
Vincent and Rich discuss avian influenza virus and an antiviral drug against smallpox with Dennis and Yoshi at the ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting in Washington, DC.
Download TWiV 270 (61 MB .mp3, 84 min)
The complete TWiV team reviews evidence for sensing of herpesviral DNA in the nucleus by the cell protein IFI16.
Download TWiV 269 (74 MB .mp3, 102 min)
Vincent, Alan, Kathy, and Ashlee discuss fomites in physicians offices, plant virus factories involved in aphid transmission, and clues from the bat genome about flight and immunity.
Download TWiV 268 (77 MB .mp3, 106 min)
Vincent, Alan, Rich and Kathy review a protease essential for influenza pathogenesis in mice, and directionality of rhinovirus RNA exit from the capsid.
Download TWiV 267 (69 MB .mp3, 95 min)
Vincent, Alan, and Kathy discuss finding viruses in outer space, varying results obtained from personal genetic testing, and depletion of CD4 cells during HIV infection by pyroptosis.
Download TWiV 266 (70 MB .mp3, 97 min)
Emily - Dengue pillow
In their final episode of the year, the TWiV team reviews ten compelling virology stories from 2013.
Download TWiV 265 (75 MB .mp3, 103 min)
The TWiVites read listener questions and comments about public engagement in science, vaccines, RNAi, reprogramming CD8 cells to treat cancer, rabies, and much more.
Download TWiV 264 (72 MB .mp3, 100 min)
Judi - Olympus BioScapes Winner
Ben joins the TWiV team to reveal the winner of his contest in which influenza viruses carrying different interferon-stimulated genes vie against one another in mice.
Download TWiV 263 (75 MB .mp3, 104 min)
Kathy - The Brain Scoop, esp. Where My Ladies At
Alan - Say 'hi' to a spaceship (YouTube)
Rich - Garmin BlueChart Mobile and Active Captain
Vincent - Journal boycott (one, two)
Dickson - Futurescape TV show
Host: Vincent Racaniello
Guest: Ann Palmenberg
Vincent returns to the University of Wisconsin - Madison to speak with Ann Palmenberg about her career in virology.
Download TWiV 262 (69 MB .mp3, 96 min)