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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 253: I don't know anything about sorghum

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

In this second consecutive all-email episode, the complete TWiV team reads questions and comments from listeners about systemic antiviral responses, wild type poliovirus in Israel, Turkish scientists, viral symbiotes, and much more.

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Links for this episode:IMG 5281

Weekly Science Picks

Dickson - HD slow motion montage (YouTube)
Kathy
 - Damselflies and Eyewitness app
Alan - Space weather forecast (YouTube)
Rich - 1984 by George Orwell (Doublethink)
Vincent - PopSci comments off and Why so few women in science?

Listener Pick of the Week

Meika - Flip action roll (YouTube)
CN - Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
Bernadeta - Higgs Boson wins Nobel Prize

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TWiV 252: Who read the last email?

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

The complete TWiV team reads email from listeners about anti-vaccine activists, a career in microbiology, placentas, a virology textbook, the HeLa cell genome, norovirus, and much more.

Download TWiV 252 (73 MB .mp3, 101 min)

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Links for this episode:GlassPolio DesktopBLUE

Weekly Science Picks

Dickson - A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
Kathy - Noctilucent clouds and aurora over Scotland
Alan - Flu vaccination map
Rich - There's a fly in my urinal
Vincent - Picornaviridae.com

Listener Pick of the Week

Peter - PDB-101

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TWiV 251: Don't kiss the camel

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

The complete TWiV crew reviews work on MERS-coronavirus, including serological studies in camels, production of an infectious DNA clone, and identification of an interferon antagonist.

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Links for this episode:lilian garcia kissing-camel

Weekly Science Picks

Dickson - Scharf Photo
Kathy
 - Blaschka glass models (NY Times, Cornell)
Alan - Digital Public Library of America
Rich - Dengue virus life cycle animation
Vincent - Creative Live

Listener Pick of the Week

John - Last person to get smallpox (NPR)
Peter - SARS documentary (BBC)

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TWiV 250: Wookie viruses

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Robert Garcea

Vincent and Robert recorded this episode at the 53rd ICAAC in Denver, where they talked about polyomaviruses.

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Weekly Science Picks

Robert - The Panic Virus by Seth Mnookin
Vincent - Aliens chestburster behind the scenes

Listener Pick of the Week

Adam - Virology Fact of the Day

Christophe - dr Karl

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TWiV 249: An inordinate fondness for viruses

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

Vincent, Dickson, Alan and Rich discuss an estimate of the number of different mammalian viruses on Earth.

Download TWiV 249 (66 MB .mp3, 91 min)

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Links for this episode:IMG 0636

Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Extreme macrophotography
Dickson - 
Baloney detection kit
Rich -
Mutant silkworms spin colored silk (original article)
Vincent
- FlightRadar24

Listener Pick of the Week

Jenn - Ebola by William Close
Jenn - Eleven Blue Men by Berton Roueche
Todd - Weatherspark and iMap.tv
Nissin -Profiles in Science

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TWiV 248: TWiP infects TWiV

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Rich Condit

Vincent, Dickson, and Rich reveal how experiments with a malaria parasite lead to the introduction of a mammalian retrovirus into birds.

Download TWiV 248 (75 MB .mp3, 103 min)

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Links for this episode:journal.pbio.1001641.g001

Weekly Science Picks

Dickson - Google Sky
Rich -
Vanishing of the Bees (see also Bee Apocalypse Now)
Vincent
- Not Exactly Rocket Science

Listener Pick of the Week

Saira - Reproducibility Initiative

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TWiV 247: Today's weather in virology

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

Special guest: Ian Lipkin

Ian joins Vincent, Alan, Rich, and Kathy to describe how his laboratory is searching for the origin of MERS-coronavirus.

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Links for this episode:IMG 4666

Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Rainbows explained (Frazz)
Alan -
Challenge.gov
Vincent
- 23andme
Rich - Spot the station

Listener Pick of the Week

Frank - Pacifier cleaning practices and risk of allergy development (Pediatrics)

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TWiV 246: Pandora, pandemics, and privacy

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

Vincent, Alan, Rich, and Kathy discuss the huge Pandoravirus, virologists planning H7N9 gain of function experiments, and limited access to the HeLa cell genome sequence.

Download TWiV 246 (62 MB .mp3, 86 min)

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - GeoGuesser
Alan -
From one, many (YouTube)
Vincent
- Dave Bhella: The Wildy Award Talk (Microbeworld video)
Rich - 1981 primitive internet report (YouTube)

Listener Pick of the Week

CN - How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker

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TWiV 245: Writing Principles of Virology

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: S. Jane Flint, Lynn Enquist, Glenn Rall, and Ann Skalka

The authors of the popular textbook Principles of Virology discuss how the book was conceived and written.

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TWiV 244: Back in the CVVR

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Alan Dove

Guests: Dan Barouch and Jeff Teigler

This episode of TWiV was recorded before an audience at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where Vincent and Alan spoke with Dan and Jeff about AIDS vaccines.

Download TWiV 244 (60 MB .mp3, 83 min)

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Links for this episode:CV AdenoCD Duvall

Weekly Science Picks

Jeff - Science in the News; How to succeed in science (part one and part two)
Alan
- Nanostructure flowers
Vincent - Scientific culture

Listener Pick of the Week

Basel - The sequester blues

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