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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 gang answers follow-up questions about the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, then discuss treatment of disseminated multiple myeloma with oncolytic measles virus.
Download TWiV 298 (76 MB .mp3, 106 min)
The TWiVites present an all-ebolavirus episode, tackling virology, epidemiology, and approaches to prevention and cure that are in the pipeline.
Download TWiV 297 (83 MB .mp3, 115 min)
Alan - Historical perspective on Ebola (Tara C Smith)
Rich - Tell the negative committee to shut up (Fanuel Muindi)
Kathy - Art of Night (Vimeo)
Vincent - Is Ebola virus going to kill me? (John Skylar)
Vincent visits the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong, Australia and speaks with Linfa about his work on bats and bat viruses.
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello
Guest: Linfa Wang
Download TWiV 296 (45 MB .mp3, 62 min)
The TWiVome discusses an miRNA based strategy to mitigate risk of gain of function studies, and identification of a second receptor required for Lassa virus entry.
Download TWiV 295 (78 MB .mp3, 108 min)
The TWiV team reviews the discovery of old vials of smallpox virus at NIH, anthrax and influenza mishaps at CDC, the baby who was not cured of HIV, Cambridge Working Group, and sacking of NSABB members.
Download TWiV 294 (72 MB .mp3, 99 min)
Vincent visits Melbourne, Australia and speaks with Melissa, Alex, Gilda, and Paul about their work on HIV infection of the central nervous system, West Nile virus, microbicides for HIV, and the Koala retrovirus.
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello
Download TWiV 293 (67 MB .mp3, 93 min)
Vincent visits Medimmune and speaks with Wade, Matt, Nicole, and Ken about why they work in industry and their daily roles in a biotechnology company.
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello.
Guests: Wade Blair, Matt Dickson, Nicole Kallewaard-Lelay, and Ken Miller.
Download TWiV 292 (53 MB .mp3, 73 min)
Vincent, Rich, and Kathy and their guests Clodagh and Ron recorded this episode at the 33rd annual meeting of the American Society for Virology at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado.
Download TWiV 291 (48 MB .mp3, 66 min)
Vincent meets up with Janet Butel and Rick Lloyd at Baylor College of Medicine to talk about their work on polyomaviruses and virus induced stress.
Host: Vincent Racaniello
Guests: Janet Butel and Rick Lloyd
Download TWiV 290 (63 MB .mp3, 88 min)
Vinny and the capsids answer listener questions about the definition of life, state vaccination laws, the basic science funding problem, viral ecology, inactivation of viruses by pressure, and much more.
Download TWiV 289 (73 MB .mp3, 101 min)