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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 280: Post viral

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiVmeisters answer listener email about the NEIDL, negative results, patenting MERS-coronavirus, human papillomavirus transmission, canine distemper virus, and much, much more.

Download TWiV 280 (71 MB .mp3, 99 min)

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Heartbleed explanation
Vincent - 
Agriculture science today podcast
Kathy - Quizlet flashcards (online and iTunes)
Rich - Why nothing is truly alive

Listener Pick of the Week

Lance - Myles Power (YouTube and Facebook)
Raihan - Cheap DIY microscope
Gerald - DaVinci Press
Neal - I'm a virus

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TWiV 279: The missing LNC

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan, and Kathy reveal how a retrovirus in the human genome keeps embryonic stem cells in a pluripotent state, from where they can differentiate into all cells of the body.

Download TWiV 279 (65 MB .mp3, 90 min)

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Heathkit
Vincent - 
How to think about autism risk and Autism prevalence
Kathy - Distortions

Listener Pick of the Week

Joseph - The real process of science
Marion - Zometool
Kevin - Audioimmunity and Emmunity

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TWiV 278: Flushing HIV down the zinc

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Dickson, Alan, and Kathy discuss disruption of the ccr5 gene in lymphocytes of patients infected with HIV-1.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Digital scale model of solar system
Dickson - Font of knowledge
Vincent - 
Measles outbreaks trends, and NYC measles (one, two)
Kathy - Winner, funding basic science to revolutionize medicine

Listener Pick of the Week

Stephen & Jon - Watty's Wall Stuff
Johyne - Macro views of snowflakes
Ricardo & Stephen - Vaccine exemptions
Bill - Books by John Janovy
Marshall - Animation of DNA replication
Steve - Debunking influenza vaccine myths

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TWiV 277: My podcast Vinny

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Hosts: Glenn Rall, Ann Skalka, and Vincent Racaniello

Glenn and Ann meet up with Vincent to talk about his career in science and science communication.

Download TWiV 277 (57 MB .mp3, 78 min)

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TWiV 276: Ramblers go viral

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 Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Susan Baker and Thomas Gallagher

Vincent meets up with Susan Baker and Tom Gallagher at Loyola University to talk about their work on coronaviruses.

Download TWiV 276 (51 MB .mp3, 70 min)

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Weekly Science Picks

Vincent - First demonstration of Macintosh, 1984

Listener Pick of the Week

Lance - The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver

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TWiV 275: Virocentricity with Eugene Koonin

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 Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Rich Condit

Guest: Eugene Koonin

Vincent and Rich meet up with Eugene Koonin to talk about the central role of viruses in the evolution of all life.

Download TWiV 275 (94 MB .mp3, 130 min)

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TWiV 274: Data dump

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

The TWiV team discusses recent cases of polio-like paralysis in California, and the virome of 14th century paleofeces.

Download TWiV 274 (87 MB .mp3, 120 min)

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - The science of science communication
Rich
 - Command and Control by Eric Schlosser
Dickson - Top 10 plant viruses
Vincent - 
Is the Nobel Prize good for science?
Kathy - Time to rethink graduate and postdoc education (YouTube)

Listener Pick of the Week

Jon - Lessons from a Kansas graveyard
Mike -  Cross a fashion designer with a microbiologist

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TWiV special: MERS-coronavirus in dromedary camels

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Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: W. Ian Lipkin and Thomas Briese

Vincent meets up with Ian and Thomas to discuss their finding that MERS-coronavirus has been circulating in dromedary camels in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since at least 1992.

Download TWiV Special MERS (28 MB .mp3, 38 min)

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TWiV 273: Lambda is not just a phage

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiVome dissect the finding that interferon lambda alleles predict the outcome of hepatitis C virus infection.

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Weekly Science Picks

Rich - Think like a scientist (one, two); Science controversies
Dickson - Visualization challenge 2013
Vincent - 
Orphan Black
Kathy - Alberta worm invasion project

Listener Pick of the Week

Timothy - How do vaccines cause autism?
Anne - Luke Jerram's glass viruses
Jim - NLM Communications Engineering Branch
Steve - Synapse by synapse
Jacob -
Tiny technology creates a buzz

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TWiV 272: Give peas a chance

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

The TWiV team describes aphid control by using a viral capsid protein to deliver a spider toxin to plants, and a human endogenous retrovirus that enhances expression of a neuronal gene.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Statistical error (Nature)
Rich - 12 oldest animal species
Dickson - When liquids collide
Vincent - 
HIV denial and just asking questions
Kathy - Sun's canyon of fire

Listener Pick of the Week

Sandra - Women physicists keep female students psyched
Judi - HHMI's Biointeractive
Jacob - Influenza virus HA

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