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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 295: A nonslip grippe and Lassa's LAMP

The TWiVome discusses an miRNA based strategy to mitigate risk of gain of function studies, and identification of a second receptor required for Lassa virus entry.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Rich Condit

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Nicky Bay macrophotography (Flickr)
Rich - FASEB Third annual BioArt competition
Vincent - Up Close podcast (vrr episode)
Dickson - Science fun (YouTube)

Listener Pick of the Week

Mark Martin - Average bacteriophage
Konrad - Scholarpedia

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TWiV 294: Smallpox and anthrax and flu, oh my!

The TWiV team reviews the discovery of old vials of smallpox virus at NIH, anthrax and influenza mishaps at CDC, the baby who was not cured of HIV, Cambridge Working Group, and sacking of NSABB members.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Rich Condit

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Optivisor
Rich - Noller lab ribosome movies 
Vincent - Creepy dreadful wonderful parasites
Dickson - National Center for Science Education

Listener Pick of the Week

Mark - The Machinery of Life by David Goodsell
Basel - iBioEducation

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TWiV 293: Virology Down Under

Vincent visits Melbourne, Australia and speaks with Melissa, Alex, Gilda, and Paul about their work on HIV infection of the central nervous system, West Nile virus, microbicides for HIV, and the Koala retrovirus.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Melissa ChurchillAlex KhromykhGilda Tachedjian, and Paul Young

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TWiV 292: Medimmune goes viral

Vincent visits Medimmune and speaks with Wade, Matt, Nicole, and Ken about why they work in industry and their daily roles in a biotechnology company.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Wade Blair, Matt Dickson, Nicole Kallewaard-Lelay, and Ken Miller.

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TWiV 291: Ft. Collins abuzz with virologists

Vincent, Rich, and Kathy and their guests Clodagh and Ron recorded this episode at the 33rd annual meeting of the American Society for Virology at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guests: Clodagh O'Shea and Ron Fouchier

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Weekly Science Picks

Rich - No sexual transmission of HCV (Am J Gastro)
Vincent
- Made with code (blog post)
Kathy - Beautiful math images (and 50 Visions of Mathematics)

Listener Pick of the Week

Jon - Advances in Life Sciences winners (YouTube)
Dave - Adam Ruben

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TWiV 290: Baylor goes viral

Vincent meets up with Janet Butel and Rick Lloyd at Baylor College of Medicine to talk about their work on polyomaviruses and virus induced stress.

 

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Janet Butel and Rick Lloyd

 

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TWiV 289: Vinny and the capsids

Vinny and the capsids answer listener questions about the definition of life, state vaccination laws, the basic science funding problem, viral ecology, inactivation of viruses by pressure, and much more.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - The Science of Good Cooking 
Vincent - 
The Shooter Report (pdf)
Kathy - Daily overview
Dickson - Girl rising

Listener Pick of the Week

Johnye - Ri channel
Ricardo - Open spin microscope (Nikon gallery, plans)
Chris - The microbiome game

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TWiV 288: ebircsnart esreveR

The Twivsters discuss how reverse transcriptase encoded in the human genome might produce DNA copies of RNA viruses in infected cells.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Weekly Science Picks

Rich - Luvalamps
Alan - Experiment
Vincent - 
American Society for Virology on Facebook
Kathy - LEGO female scientists
Dickson - The Oldest Living Things in the World by Rachel Sussman

Listener Pick of the Week

Basel - A Treatise on the small-pox and measles by Abu-Bakr Al-Razi

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TWiV 287: A potentially pandemic podcast

Matt updates the TWiV team on MERS-coronavirus, and joins in a discussion of whether we should further regulate research on potentially pandemic pathogens.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, Kathy Spindler, and Matt Frieman

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Weekly Science Picks

Matt - Forgive me, scientists
Alan - Do not link
Vincent - 
bioRxiv
Kathy - Snail photographs
Dickson - Solar roadways

Listener Pick of the Week

Daniel - Benz Biome concept car

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TWiV 286: Boston TWiV party

Vincent and Alan meet up with Julie and Paul at the General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Boston, to talk about their work on the pathogenesis of poliovirus and measles virus.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Alan Dove 

Guests: Julie Pfeiffer and Paul Duprex

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Weekly Science Picks

Vincent - ASM Live 2014
Alan - I will not follow the herd
Paul - Invisible Threat
Julie - The importance of stupidity in biological research

Listener Pick of the Week

Neil - WEHI movies and VIZBI

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