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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 195: They did it in the hot tub

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan DoveRich Condit, Dickson Despommier, and Ken Stedman

The complete TWiV team meets with Ken Stedman to discuss the discovery in Boiling Spring Lake of a DNA virus with the capsid of an RNA virus.

Right-click to download TWiV 195 (77 MB .mp3, 107 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Ken - The Edge of Life trailer and Facebook page
Dickson -
The Cognitive Style of Powerpoint by Edward Tufte
Alan -
SEMs of insects and spiders via Steve Gschmeissner
Rich - Curiosity Has Landed (Wiki mission summary)
Vincent
- Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror (YouTube)

Listener Pick of the Week

Lance - The Vaccine Confidence Project and Immune response video (YouTube)
Anat - Beautiful Science

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TWiV 194: Five postdocs in North America

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Matthew Daugherty, Jondavid deJong, Helen Lazear, Stefan Oliver, and Cara Pager.

Vincent returns to Madison, Wisconsin and meets with postdocs to discuss their science and their careers.

Right-click to download TWiV 194 (69 MB .mp3, 94 minutes).

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TWiV 193: Live at ASV in Madison

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Carolyn Coyne, and Sara Sawyer

Vincent, Rich, Carolyn, and Sara recorded TWiV at the 31st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Virology in Madison, where they discussed genetic conflict between viral and human genes, and how the placenta protects the fetus against viral infection.

Right-click to download TWiV 193 (56 MB .mp3,  78 minutes).
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Weekly Science Picks

Rich - Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson
Vincent
- Biochemistry Revealed

Listener Pick of the Week

Matlock - The BioDigital Human
Matt - Scientists create jellyfish from rat cells

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TWiV 192: Viral tertulia

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Rich Condit

Vincent, Alan, and Rich answer listener email about bioinformatics, insects, influenza, laboratory classes, commensalism, reproducibility of data, and more.

Right-click to download TWiV 192 (84 MB .mp3, 117 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - The Microbial Olympics (supplementary information)
Rich - PharmaJet needle free injection system
Vincent
- Microbes and Evolution by Roberto Kolter and Stanley Maloy (paperback and Kindle)

Listener Pick of the Week

Varun - Agile Gene by Matt Ridley
Sizun - Plague Inc
Ricardo - TED-ED
Kristopher - Ed Yong on Econtalk

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TWiV 191: When two rights make a wrong

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Nissin Moussatche

Nissin joins the TWiV crew to discuss an outbreak of lethal disease among Cambodian children, and recombination among attenuated herpesvirus vaccines leading to pathogenic viruses.

Right-click to download TWiV 191 (71 MB .mp3, 99 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - H5N1 genetic changes inventory
Rich - Mythbusters: Diet Coke and Mentos (YouTube channel)
Nissin -
The Pox and the Covenant by Tony Williams, and Tereza Batista, Tired of War by Jorge Amado
Vincent
- FAQ: The 'snake bite' portion of your thesis defense

Listener Pick of the Week

Gopal - All's not fair in science and publishing
Luis - The Origin of AIDS by Jacques Pepin (Nature review)
Sven - Visualizing information flow in science

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TWiV 190: The second ferret of the Apocalypse

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan, and Kathy review selection of influenza H5N1 viruses that can transmit among ferrets by aerosol.

Right-click to download TWiV 188 (63 MB .mp3, 97 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Wind map
Vincent
- The A-Z of Epidemiology (YouTube)

Listener Pick of the Week

Kristoffer - How to read a paper
Neva - Electricity from viruses

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TWiV 189: Five postdocs in Glasgow

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Vanessa Cowton, Mary Holton, Mark Robinson, Swetha Vijayakrishnan, and Gavin Wilkie

Vincent returns to the Centre for Virus Research at the University of Glasgow and meets with postdocs to discuss their science and their careers.

Right-click to download TWiV 189 (52 MB .mp3, 72 minutes).

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TWiV 188: Haggis, single malt, and viruses

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Massimo Palmarini, John MacLauchlan, Emma Thomson, and Hande Harmanci.

Vincent travels to Scotland to meet with members of the Centre for Virus Research at the University of Glasgow to discuss their work on hepatitis C virus and jaagsiekte sheep retrovirus.

Right-click to download TWiV 188 (78 MB .mp3, 108 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Vincent - Microbe art

Listener Pick of the Week

Judi - Cell Imaging (Mac App Store)

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TWiV 187: The mummy

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Rich Condit

Vincent and Rich discuss recovery of a hepatitis B viral genome from a 16th century Korean mummy, and personal omics profiling of an individual over a 14 month period.

Right-click to download TWiV 187 (64 MB .mp3, 88 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Rich - The Checklist by Atul Gawande
Vincent - Artologica

Listener Pick of the Week

David - Cracking your genetic code (Nova)
Josh - The nuclearization of biology is a threat to health and security (pdf)

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TWiV 186: From Buda to stump grinding

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Rich Condit

The TWiV chiefs tackle reader email about how to pronounce Buda, Texas, grinding tree stumps, and much more.

Right-click to download TWiV 186 (82 MB .mp3, 114 minutes). Subscribe to TWiV (free) in iTunes , at the Zune Marketplace, by the RSS feed, by email, or listen on your mobile device with the Microbeworld app.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - World Wide Lightning Location Network
Rich - Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Vincent - The Ocelloid

Listener Pick of the Week

lafrenchfille - whatshouldwecallgradschool
Neva - Antiviral drugs by Carl Zimmer
Sergio - APSnet

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