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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 320: Retroviruses and cranberries

Vincent speaks with John Coffin about his career studying retroviruses, including working with Howard Temin, endogenous retroviruses, XMRV, chronic fatigue syndrome and prostate cancer, HIV/AIDS, and his interest in growing cranberries.

Host: Vincent Racaniello 

Guest: John Coffin

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TWiV 319: Breaking breakbone

The TWiVers review the outcomes of two recent phase 3 clinical trials of a quadrivalent dengue virus vaccine in Asia and Latin America.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - The Toaster Project by Thomas Thwaites
Rich - SpaceX reusable rocket (SpaceX)
Kathy - Antarctica: A Year on Ice
Dickson - NHL Mumps outbreak and Hubble Andromeda image
Vincent - We the Microbiologist

Listener Pick of the Week

Neva - Mosquito earrings
Basel - Flu vaccine selection meeting

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TWiV 318: Last year in virology

The TWiV gang reviews ten fascinating, compelling, and riveting virology stories from 2014.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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  • Ebola virus outbreak (TWiV 314, 309, 308, 307, 306, 305, 304, 303, 302, 298, 297, 283)
  • Directional uncoating of rhinovirus RNA (TWiV 267)
  • Pandemic pathogen controversy (TWiV 287)
  • Viral evolution (TWiV 275)
  • Borna virus inhibition by endogenous DNA (TWiV 303)
  • MERS-CoV in dromedary camels (TWiV special, TWiV 287)
  • Oncolytic measles virus (TWiV 298)
  • Amazing norovirus findings (TWiV 312 and 313)
  • Toxin delivery to aphids (TWiV 272)
  • The Salk Legacy (TWiV 281)

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Mystery photos from CERN
Rich - Adam E. Cohen: Bringing bioelectricity to light
Kathy - Wired's top microbe stories of 2014
Dickson - Mouse joke
Vincent - The Science of Epidemics (Time Inc Special)

Listener Pick of the Week

Neva - Sir Bacteriophage
Sagi - An unboring polio documentary

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TWiV 317: Brazil goes viral

On his second trip to Brazil, Vincent joins Eurico to speak with four young virologists, Gustavo, Cintia, Tatiana, and Suellen, about their work and their prospects for careers in science.

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Eurico Arruda, Gustavo Acrani, Cintia Bittar, Tatiana Domitrovic, and Suellen Galvino-Costa

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TWiV 316: The enemy of my enemy is not my friend

Vincent, Alan, Rich and Kathy discuss how interleukin 10 modulation of Th17 helper cells contributes to alphavirus pathogenesis.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - It came from the pond
RichWanderers
Kathy - The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker
Vincent - Life in Our Phage World

Listener Pick of the Week

Fernando - Reality based?

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TWiV 315: Must be something in the water

Vincent, Alan, Rich and Kathy discuss the association of a virus with sea star melting disease, and the finding of a phycodnavirus in the oropharynx of humans with altered cognitive functions.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - ReelLife Science 2014 Winners
RichThe Martian by Andy Weir
Kathy - Dance Your Ph.D. Winner
Vincent - Time Person of the Year 2014 - The Ebola Fighters

Listener Pick of the Week

Ricardo - MiniPCR
Eli - Let's outsmart Ebola together AND The Ebola virus explained

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TWiV 314: Einstein goes viral

Vincent travels to Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he speaks with Kartik, Ganjam, and Margaret about their work on Ebolavirus entry, a tumor suppressor that binds the HIV-1 integrase, and the entry of togaviruses and flaviviruses into cells.

Host: Vincent Racaniello 

Guests: Kartik ChandranGanjam Kalpana, and Margaret Kielian

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TWiV 313: With viruses like these, who needs enemas?

 

Vincent, Alan, and Rich discuss how norovirus, an enteric virus, can replace the functions of the gut microbiome.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Rich Condit

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Retrocomputing
RichWhere is Rosetta?
Vincent - Antares rocket explosion

Listener Pick of the Week

Simon - Relatively Prime
Mark - Giant Microbes

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TWiV 312: She sells B cells

The TWiVbolans discuss the finding that human noroviruses, major causes of gastroenteritis, can for the first time be propagated in B cell cultures, with the help of enteric bacteria.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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This episode of TWiV is brought to you by the Department of Microbiology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Composed of over 20 virology labs, all centralized in one building in the heart of New York City, this department is a perfect fit for anyone with an interest in pursuing virus research. The Department is presently looking to recruit any prospective graduate students to apply to our program by the December 1st deadline. Interested postdocs are also encouraged to contact faculty of interest. For more information about the Department, please visit www.mssm.edu/MIC.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - How Ebola airlifts work
Kathy - Fred Murphy's Foundations of Virology
RichPendulum wave
DicksonYoung Dipterists
Vincent - Microbes After Hours: Ebola and TWiV iPhone 6 case

Listener Pick of the Week

Alane - Health Map
Todd - Formaldehyde in vaccines

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TWiV 311: Bulldogs go viral

Vincent visits the University of Georgia where he speaks with Zhen Fu and Biao He about their work on rabies virus and paramyxoviruses.

 

Host: Vincent Racaniello. Guests: Zhen Fu and Biao He 

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