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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 138: RISCy business with Raul Andino

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Raul Andino

Vincent meets up with Raul Andino in San Francisco to discuss the RNAi-based antiviral defense system of Drosophila, the fruit fly, and how it is antagonized by viruses.

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TWiV 137: Look what the dog dragged in

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, Dickson Despommier, Amit Kapoor, and Ian Lipkin

The TWiV team speaks with Amit Kapoor and Ian Lipkin about how they discovered canine hepacivirus, and its implications for the origin and evolution of hepatitis C virus.

Right-click to download TWiV #137 (69 MB .mp3, 96 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - What do marine mammals eat? (YouTube)
Rich
- NIH rocket boys
Dickson - Cytomegalovirus needs an antiviral protein (Science)
Vincent - All pdfs free at National Academy of Science Press

Listener Pick of the Week

Adriana and Ye Jung  - The man who was cured of AIDS (article one and two)

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TWiV 136: Exit XMRV

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Stephen Goff

Retrovirologist Stephen Goff joins Vincent, Rich, and Alan for a discussion of recent papers on the retrovirus XMRV and its association with chronic fatigue syndrome and prostate cancer.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan
Rich - Trends in annual rates of death (pdf)
Stephen - Unexpected inheritance (PLoS Pathogens)
Vincent - Beyond the human eye

Listener Pick of the Week

Raihan  - Bruce Aylward: How we'll stop polio for good (YouTube)

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TWiV 135: Live in the Big Easy

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Roger Hendrix, Rachel Katzenellenbogen, and Harmit Malik

Vincent and guests Rachel Katzenellenbogen, Roger Hendrix, and Harmit Malik recorded TWiV #135 live at the 2011 ASM General Meeting in New Orleans, where they discussed transformation and oncogenesis by human papillomaviruses, the amazing collection of bacteriophages on the planet, and the evolution of genetic conflict between virus and host.

Right-click to download TWiV #135 (63 MB .mp3, 97 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Roger - Atomic structure of adenovirus by cryo-EM (Science)
Harmit - Syncytin knockout mice show role for endogenous retroviral gene (PNAS)
Vincent - Free science, one paper at a time by David Dobbs

Listener Pick of the Week

Mark  - Shot by Shot

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TWiV 134: Meet Ralph, your cruise director

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Stephanie Karst

Vincent, Rich, Alan, and Dickson review noroviruses with Stephanie Karst, PhD.

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Weekly Science Picks

Stephanie - Effectors of the type I interferon response (Nature)
Dickson - Receptor for Ebola virus (PNAS)
Rich - A History of Vaccines
Alan - The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
Vincent - ASM Live 2011 webcast

Listener Pick of the Week

Sophie  - TED talk app for iPad and iPhone

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TWiV 133: The HIV hideout

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Kathleen Collins

Vincent, Rich, Alan, and Dickson discuss the cellular reservoir of HIV-1 with Kathleen Collins, MD, PhD.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathleen - TRIM5 is an innate immune sensor (Nature)
Rich - A Biologist's Mothers Day Song (YouTube)
Alan - World of Viruses
Vincent - Magnet Balls (Amazon)

Listener Pick of the Week

Chris  - Periodic Tales by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

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TWiV 132: Virology 911

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Hosts: Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Alfred Sacchetti

Vincent, Rich, Alan, and Dickson speak with Alfred Sacchetti, MD, Chief of Emergency Services at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, about viral infections encountered in the emergency room.

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Weekly Science Picks

Al - The Physics of Superheroes and NKT Watch
Dickson -
Fibonacci Fun by Trudi Hammel Garland and Rachel Gage
RichRetraction Watch
Alan - Neil deGrasse's comments on UFOs, argument from ignorance, and scientific method (YouTube)
Destanie
- Microcosm by Carl Zimmer
Vincent - The intestinal microbiota and viral susceptibility

Listener Pick of the Week

Jim  - Extraordinary Measures

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TWiV 131: A REOstat for cancer

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Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, Dickson Despommier, and Brad Thompson

Vincent, Alan, and Dickson chat with Brad Thompson, CEO of Oncolytics Biotech, about using reovirus to treat cancer.

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Weekly Science Picks

Dickson - Angels and Insects
Alan - Science Buddies
Vincent - Emerging Diseases: The Importance of Early Warning and Surveillance (YouTube)

Listener Pick of the Week

Josh  - Prof. Racaniello's Virology course on iTunes

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TWiV 130: Rhino tracking, wrestling pox, and HCV in the crosshairs

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Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Rich Condit

Vincent, Alan, and Rich discuss growth in culture of newly identified rhinovirus C, vaccinia transmission among wrestlers and martial artists, and results of phase III clinical trial of boceprevir, a new inhibitor of hepatitis C virus replication.

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Weekly Science Picks

Rich - Rock-paper-scissors vs computer (thanks, Megan!)
Alan -
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Vincent - Edward Jenner Museum (EID)

Listener Pick of the Week

Derek Tolly  - A Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America (IMDb)

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TWiV 129: We've got mail

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Dickson Despommier, and Rich Condit

Vincent, Alan, Dickson and Rich answer listener questions about XMRV, yellow fever vaccine, virus-like particles, West Nile virus, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and human endogenous retroviruses, multiplicity of infection, and how to make a poxvirus.

Right-click to download TWiV #129 (67 MB .mp3, 93 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Rich - Polyxeni Potter and EID covers
Dickson - American Museum of Natural History
Alan -
Moon Trees (EurekAlert! article)
Vincent - Infection Landscapes

Listener Picks of the Week

Didier  - The Vaccines (MySpace)
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The Science of Discworld by Terry Pratchett
Garren - Omega Tau podcast

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