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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 274: Data dump

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.

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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

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.

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TWiV 273: Lambda is not just a phage

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

 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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TWiV 271: To bee, or not to bee, that is the infection

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan DoveRich Condit, and Ashlee Bennett

The TWiV crew discusses two reports on viruses that might have crossed kingdoms, from plants to honeybees and from plants to vertebrates.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Nagasaki bombing (YouTube)
Rich - GoPro Red Bull Stratos (YouTube)
Dickson - Solar orbs
Vincent -
Socrative

Listener Pick of the Week

Basel - Pathology course online
Russell - Sochi 2014: Encyclopedia of spending
Yegor - Visual Science

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TWiV 270: Homeland virology

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Rich Condit

Guests: Dennis Hruby and Yoshihiro Kawaoka

Vincent and Rich discuss avian influenza virus and an antiviral drug against smallpox with Dennis and Yoshi at the ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting in Washington, DC.

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Weekly Science Picks

Vincent - Quanta Magazine
Rich - Colour is in the eye of the beholder

Listener Pick of the Week

Kehau - Beautiful but deadly viruses
Lance - The signal and the noise by David Silver

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TWiV 269: Herpesvirus stops a nuclear attack

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

The complete TWiV team reviews evidence for sensing of herpesviral DNA in the nucleus by the cell protein IFI16.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Female conveners and speakers
Alan - Sandgrains
Rich - 2013 Lamborghini Aventador
Vincent - Happy Birthday Mac and 128K Mac teardown
Dickson - Farmdominion

Listener Pick of the Week

Peter - The Microscope and The Next Global Killer
Richard - Glass viruses

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TWiV 268: Transmission is inevitable

 

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Kathy Spindler, and Ashlee Bennett

Vincent, Alan, Kathy, and Ashlee discuss fomites in physicians offices, plant virus factories involved in aphid transmission, and clues from the bat genome about flight and immunity.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Jean-Luc Doumont (slides, communicating science, website, Scitable)
Alan - Wireless thermometer
Vincent - Rethinking the airline boarding pass

Listener Pick of the Week

Jessica - Knit icosahedron
Robert - Practical computing for biologists by Haddock and Dunn
Stephen - Fourteen years of US weather (YouTube)

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TWiV 267: Snow in the headlights

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan, Rich and Kathy review a protease essential for influenza pathogenesis in mice, and directionality of rhinovirus RNA exit from the capsid.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Amazing maps
Alan - Florida to NJ in 156 seconds (YouTube)
Rich - Whiteout over Great Lakes from Space
Vincent - LORiOLA viral necklaces

Listener Pick of the Week

Carol - Knit picornavirus
Robert - RNA: Life's Indispensible Molecule by James Darnell,
and Biochemical Pathways by Michal and Schomburg

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TWiV 266: A pathogenic vicious cycle

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan, and Kathy discuss finding viruses in outer space, varying results obtained from personal genetic testing, and depletion of CD4 cells during HIV infection by pyroptosis.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - 17 mundane things, mind blowing views
Alan - Snowovel
Vincent - Public's views on human evolution

Listener Pick of the Week

Emily - Dengue pillow 

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