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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 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.

Right-click to download TWiV 204 (66 MB .mp3, 96 minutes).

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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.

Right-click to download TWiV 203 (69 MB .mp3, 96 minutes).

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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.

Right-click to download TWiV 202 (52 MB .mp3, 72 minutes).

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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.

Right-click to download TWiV 199 (73 MB .mp3, 101 minutes).

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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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TWiV 198: Pox has got a squeeze-box, seals are gonna sneeze all night

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

Vincent, Alan, Rich, and Kathy review fatal avian influenza virus in harbor seals, and poxvirus deployment of genomic accordions to counter antiviral defenses.

Right-click to download TWiV 198 (71 MB .mp3, 99 minutes).

There once was a virus named pox
Whose genome contained a squeeze-box
When placed under pressure
It expanded its measure
Overcoming the new cellular blocks

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Getting Better: 200 Years of Medicine
Rich - Khan Academy
Kathy - Vi Hart
Vincent
- Tweet Keeper

Listener Pick of the Week

Diane - The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe
Stephen - Amateur Micrography

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TWiV 197: Cloning HeLa cells with Professor Philip I. Marcus

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Philip I. Marcus

Vincent travels to the University of Connecticut to meet up with Professor Philip I. Marcus to discuss his development of the single cell cloning technique in the early 1950s.

Right-click to download TWiV 197 (51 MB .mp3, 71 minutes).

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TWiV 196: An arena for snakes

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan DoveRich Condit, Dickson Despommier, Kathy Spindler, Mark Stenglein, and Joseph DeRisi

The TWiVites meet with Mark Stenglein and Joseph DeRisi to discuss their discovery of a novel arenavirus in snakes with inclusion body disease.

Right-click to download TWiV 196 (77 MB .mp3,  107 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Mark - The Slow Mo Guys (Fly eats fly)
Dickson -
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor by Shel Silverstein
Alan -
MMWR: First 30 years online
Rich - Giant python in Everglades and California Academy of Sciences
Kathy - Darwin finch genome sequence
Vincent
- Microbiology at Mt. Sinai

Listener Pick of the Week

Renato - Security Now podcast
Robin - The Weather
Chad - Rare protozoan from sludge (ScienceDaily)

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