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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 177: Live in Dublin

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Connor Bamford, Wendy Barclay, Richard Elliott, and Ron Fouchier

A discussion of avian influenza H5N1 transmission experiments in ferrets and novel bunyaviruses at the 2012 Spring Conference of the Society for General Microbiology in Dublin, Ireland.

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Weekly Science Picks

Connor - Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2012
Vincent - Thoughts on academic scientists giving media interviews

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TWiV 176: Ave magi, virorum!

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Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Rich Condit

Vincent, Alan, and Rich answer listener email about MS, CFS, EBV, B cells, virii, influenza B, scientific papers, and more.

Right-click to download TWiV 176 (62 MB .mp3, 86 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Rich - Alan Alda's Flame Challenge (NY Times article, Science editorial)
Alan - ChronoZoom
Vincent - Academic Publishing is Broken by Michael P. Taylor

Listener Pick of the Week

Joel - Fighting a dengue outbreak by Tyler M. Sharp (parts one and two)
Sven-Urban - Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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TWiV Live in Dublin, Ireland, Monday, March 26 2012

Join Vincent Racaniello and guests Connor Bamford, Ron Fouchier, Wendy Barclay and Richard Elliott, for a live-streaming episode of This Week in Virology from the Society for General Microbiology 2012 Spring Conference in Dublin, Ireland. The live stream starts at 3:30 PM GMT (10:30 AM EST | 7:30 AM PST) and you can watch it below. If you have any questions for Vincent or his guests during the broadcast you can tweet your question using the #TWiV hash tag.

In addition, Vincent Racaniello will be accepting the Peter Wildy Prize for Microbiology Education, awarded annually by the Society for General Microbiology for an outstanding contribution to microbiology education. Racaniello's acceptance speech will also be live streamed at 5:15 PM GMT (12:15 PM EST | 9:15 AM PST).

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TWiV 175: More than one way to skin a virus

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Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Matt Frieman

Vincent, Alan, and Matt discuss herpes simplex encephalitis in children with innate immune deficiency, and the local response to microneedle-based influenza skin immunization.

Right-click to download TWiV 175 (57 MB .mp3, 80 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Matt - Phage and the Origins of Molecular Biology
Alan - Digital Imagine Institute
Vincent - iPad apps Goodreader and Notability

Listener Pick of the Week

Jane -Smoking Ears and Screaming Teeth by Trevor Norton

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TWiV 174: Dog runs and mooing miRs

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Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Rich Condit

Vincent, Alan, and Rich consider whether pet dogs might transmit human noroviruses, and an RNA virus microRNA that might be involved in oncogenesis.

Right-click to download TWiV 174 (62 MB .mp3, 86 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Rich - NOAA Buoy Data
Alan - Autism's False Prophets by Paul Offit
Vincent - Media Mining

Listener Pick of the Week
Mark - How the West fueled the AIDS epidemic
Henry - Regenesis
Rick - Biopunk: DIY scientists hack the software of life by Marcus Wohlsen

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TWiV 173: Going to bat for flu research

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Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan DoveRich Condit, Michael Walsh, and Ashlee Bennett

The TWiVites discuss seroevidence for human infection with avian influenza H5N1, and the discovery of a new influenza virus in Guatemalan bats.

Right-click to download TWiV 173 (85 MB .mp3, 117 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Ashlee - AskScience (Reddit)
Michael - HealthMap (iPhone and Android app)
Rich - H5N1 research discussion at ASMBiodefense
Alan - El Yunque National Forest
Vincent - The Journal of Global Health

Listener Pick of the Week

Judi - NSF visualization challenge

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TWiV 172: Two can be as bad as one

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Kathy Spindler

Vincent and Kathy discuss how a virus may cause disease distant from its replication site, then review a day in the life of a senior microbiology professor.

Right-click to download TWiV 172 (74 MB .mp3, 102 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Science prize for inquiry-based instruction (Alberts editorial, second winner)
Vincent - The long and winding road to a Ph.D.

Listener Pick of the Week

Greg - Correlation

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TWiV 171: One is the loneliest number

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Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan DoveDickson Despommier, and Matt Frieman

Matt joins the TWiVarians to review virus production in single cells and single virion genomics.

Right-click to download TWiV 171 (67 MB .mp3, 92 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Matt - H5N1 research discussion
Dickson - The Golden Wand of Medicine by Walter J. Friedlander
Alan - Imagine Science Films
Vincent - E. coli: Good, Bad, and Deadly

Listener Pick of the Week

Daniel - The scale of the Universe
Stefan - A Legacy of Achievement

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TWiV 170: From variolous effluvia to VLPs

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Hosts: Alan DoveRich Condit, and Dickson Despommier

Alan, Rich, and Dickson discuss Edward Jenner's paper on cowpox vaccine, then move 200 years later to modern vaccines against norovirus, influenza H5N1, and more.

Right-click to download TWiV 170 (72 MB .mp3, 100 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Dickson - High-speed photography of falling drop
Rich - Biotechnology Research in an Age of Terrorism (NAP)
Alan - Lab Report videos (YouTube)

Listener Pick of the Week

Jim - The Blind Spot

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TWiV 169: Epidemiology causes conclusions

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierRich ConditAlan Dove, and Michael Walsh

Michael and the TWiV team review epidemiology basics, including fatality ratios.

Right-click to download TWiV 169 (64 MB .mp3, 152 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Michael - Love my epi
Dickson - Bacteria array detects arsenic
Rich - Dunning-Kruger effect
Alan - Environmental Economics
Vincent - Don't censor influenza research

Listener Pick of the Week

Simon - The Great Mortality by John Kelly

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