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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 265: This year in virology

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

In their final episode of the year, the TWiV team reviews ten compelling virology stories from 2013.

Download TWiV 265 (75 MB .mp3, 103 min)

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Women in Science
Alan - Contagium
Rich - RC helicopter (demo)
Vincent - The athletic power of quadcopters

Listener Pick of the Week

Lindsay - Alcohol consumption and vaccines (Vaccine)
Johnye - The Singing Microbiologist

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TWiV 264: We should do an all email show some day

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

The TWiVites read listener questions and comments about public engagement in science, vaccines, RNAi, reprogramming CD8 cells to treat cancer, rabies, and much more.

Download TWiV 264 (72 MB .mp3, 100 min)

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Sorting algorithms visualized
Alan - Stratodean
Rich - Art in Science by Polyxeni Potter
Vincent - Pixel Genes

Listener Pick of the Week

Judi - Olympus BioScapes Winner

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TWiV 263: Game of clones

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

Ben joins the TWiV team to reveal the winner of his contest in which influenza viruses carrying different interferon-stimulated genes vie against one another in mice.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - The Brain Scoop, esp. Where My Ladies At
Alan - Say 'hi' to a spaceship (YouTube)
Rich - Garmin BlueChart Mobile and Active Captain
Vincent - Journal boycott (one, two)
Dickson - Futurescape TV show

Listener Pick of the Week

Luis - Spillover by David Quammen
Ken - Gravity

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TWiV 262: Wrong form, right professor

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Ann Palmenberg

Vincent returns to the University of Wisconsin - Madison to speak with Ann Palmenberg about her career in virology.

Download TWiV 262 (69 MB .mp3, 96 min)

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TWiV 261: Giants among viruses

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and James Van Etten

Guests: Chantal Abergel and Jean-Michel Claverie

Vincent meets up with Chantal and Jean-Michel at the first International Symposium on Giant Virus Biology in Tegernsee, Germany, to discuss their work on Mimivirus, Megavirus, and Pandoravirus.

Download TWiV 261 (52 MB .mp3, 72 min)
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TWiV 260: Badgers go viral

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Tom Friedrich, Tony Goldberg, and David O'Connor

Vincent visits the University of Wisconsin, Madison and speaks with Tom, Tony, and David about their work on virus discovery at the AIDS Vaccine Research Laboratory.

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TWiV 259: Windows into the soul of a cell

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Rich Condit

Guest: Jaquelin Dudley

Vincent and Rich join Jackie at the University of Texas, Austin to talk about her work on mouse mammary tumor virus.

 Download TWiV 259 (63 MB .mp3, 87 min)

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TWiV 258: Hedging our bats

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan DoveRich Condit, Kathy Spindler, and Matt Frieman

Matt joins the TWiV team to discuss the discovery of a SARS-like coronavirus in bats that can infect human cells, and what is going on with MERS-coronavirus.

Download TWiV 258 (62 MB .mp3, 86 min)

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Links for this episodecoronavirus

Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Optical illusion (YouTube)
Alan - Amboceptor
Matt - Reply all by Richie Frieman (audio sample)
Vincent
 - The microbiology of beer

Listener Pick of the Week

Cassie - NeatoShop
Peter - Synapse evolution with Seth Grant (BSP 101)

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TWiV 257: Caveat mTOR

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiV team consider how the kinase mTOR modulates the antibody response to provide broad protection against influenza virus, and explore the problems with scientific research.

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Weekly Science Picks

Dickson - Tesla Motors supercharger
Kathy
 - FASEB contest: Stand out for science
Alan - Natural History Museum virtual tour
Rich - Mauna Kea heavens
Vincent
 - FAA expands use of electronics on planes

Listener Pick of the Week

Peter - Score and ignore (pdf)

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TWiV 256: How mice say nodavirus

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

Vincent, Dickson, Alan, Rich, and Kathy review two papers that present evidence for RNA interference as an antiviral immunity mechanism in mammals.

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Weekly Science Picks

Dickson - Wildlife Photographers of the Year 2013
Kathy
 - John Holland's Emerging Infectious Disease lecture (YouTube)
Alan - The worst part is not
Rich - The Universe in a Single Atom by Dalai Lama (Mind and Life Institute)
Vincent
- The Truth about T. Rex by Brian Switek

Listener Pick of the Week

Stephen - International Institute for Species Exploration (Top 10 species choice)

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