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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 207: Silk sheets and viral infidelity

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan DoveMatt Frieman, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan, Matt, and Kathy review the use of silk to stabilize antibiotics and a viral vaccine, and an impaired-fidelity vaccine against SARS coronavirus.

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Weekly Science Picks

Matt - Virus-associated pyramids (slide #11)
Alan - Similarities of wave behavior (YouTube)
Kathy - The glass transition
Vincent
- US cattle country in uproar at virus lab plans (BBC)

Listener Pick of the Week

Ricardo - Blackawton bees and Science is for everyone (TED)
Tony - Biophilia by Bjork

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TWiV 206: Viral turducken

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan DoveDickson Despommier, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan, Dickson, and Kathy discuss how the innate immune response to viral infection influences the production of pluripotent stem cells, and the diverse mobilome of giant viruses.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Locust by Jeffery A. Lockwood
Dickson - Nikon Small World Contest 2012
Kathy - Influenza Encyclopedia
Vincent
- Dengue fever sweeps India (NY Times)

Listener Pick of the Week

Allison - Fred Guterl on The Daily Show

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TWiV 205: Genetic conflict with Harmit Malik

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Harmit Malik

Vincent is joined by special guest Harmit Malik to discuss his work on the evolution of genetic conflict.

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Weekly Science Picks

Vincent - Candidates' answers to science questions

Listener Pick of the Week

SteveMural of Henrietta Lacks story (alternate link)

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TWiV 204: M m m my corona

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Matt Frieman, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan, Matt and Kathy review isolation of a new coronavirus from two patients in the Middle East, and expansion of the enteric virome during simian AIDS.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Map of the Wind
Matt - Dark Side of the Earth; Insensitive guide to thriving in your Ph.D.; Gary Vanerchuck (YouTube)
Kathy - How much does a shadow weigh? and Slinky drop answer
Vincent
- A Parasite's Parasites; All the cool kids are on arXiv

Listener Pick of the Week

Nissin - Jungle Jim (1948)

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TWiV 203: Mark Challberg, a cold room kind of guy

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, and Mark Challberg

Vincent and Rich meet up with Mark Challberg to talk about his scientific career studying viral DNA replication, and his transition to an NIH Program Officer.

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Weekly Science Picks

Rich - Mattel Hot Wheels Curiosity Rover
Vincent
- Should H5N1 Moratorium End?

Listener Pick of the Week

Claudio - DIY lab equipment (Ars Technica) and DIY Bio

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TWiV 202: Huskers go viral

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, T. Jack Morris, James Van Etten, and Charles Wood

Vincent travels to the University of Nebraska to meet with members of the Nebraska Center for Virology and discuss their work on algal viruses, plant viruses, HIV and Kaposi's sarcoma herpesvirus.

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Weekly Science Picks

Charles - Rhabdovirus associated with hemorrhagic fever (PLoS Path)
Vincent
- Bacteriophage graffiti (jpg)

Listener Pick of the Week

Bob - Remembering Penny Pinneo
Janet - Penn and Teller on vaccinations (YouTube)

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TWiV 201: Rabid about viruses

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan DoveRich Condit, Dickson Despommier, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan, Rich, Dickson, and Kathy answer reader email about rabies, xenotransplantation, poliovirus, Ph.D. programs, mosquitoes, and much more.

Right-click to download TWiV 201 (90 MB .mp3, 125 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Wallace Online
Rich - World Rabies Day
Kathy - Yo-yos in space
Dickson - The Art in Science
Vincent
- The Podcasters Studio

Listener Pick of the Week

Wink - DuckDuckGo
Josh - Introduction to Solid State Chemistry

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TWiV 200: Threading the NEIDL

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan DoveRich Condit, Elke Mühlberger, Paul Duprex, and Ron Corley

Vincent, Alan, and Rich celebrate the 200th episode of TWiV by visiting the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories at Boston University Medical Center, where they meet with Elke, Paul, and Ron to talk about building and working in a BSL4 facility.

Right-click to download TWiV 200 (72 MB .mp3, 100 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Dance your Ph.D.
Rich - Angel of Death by Gareth Williams
Vincent
- Why herpesvirus is good for you (Virgin lab)

Listener Pick of the Week

Luis - VBORNET maps

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TWiV Special: A paradigm for pathogen de-discovery

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and W. Ian Lipkin

Vincent and Ian review a multicenter blinded analysis which finds no association between chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis and XMRV or polytropic murine leukemia virus.

Right-click to download TWiV Special XMRV (53 MB .mp3, 44 minutes).

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TWiV 199: Of mice, ticks, and pigs

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan, Rich, and Kathy discuss recent outbreaks of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in Yosemite National Park and novel swine-origin influenza in the US midwest, and isolation of the Heartland virus from two patients in Missouri with severe febrile illness.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Insane in the Chromatophores (Vimeo)
Rich - Golden Goose Awards
Kathy - Euler's Disk (YouTube)
Vincent
- Ignorance: How it Drives Science by Stuart Firestein

Listener Pick of the Week

Adam - Leigh Van Valen

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