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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 228: Cal Bears go viral

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Britt Glaunsinger, and Eva Harris

Vincent visits the University of California at Berkeley and speaks with Britt Glaunsinger and Eva Harris about their work on Kaposi's sarcoma associated herpesvirus and dengue virus.

Thanks to the Microbiology Graduate Students for hosting me at their annual symposium, and especially to Emma, Lisa, and Zoe for their wonderful hospitality during my stay.

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TWiV 227: Lacks security and bad poultry

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

The complete TWiV team reviews the controversial publication of the HeLa cell genome, a missing vial of Guanarito virus in a BSL-4 facility, and human infections with avian influenza H7N9 virus.

Download TWiV 227 (69 MB .mp3, 95 min)

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - NIAID YouTube videos
Alan - Lego insects
Rich -
How to see the world in a grain of sand
Vincent
-  Vaccines, viruses, and the anti-vax movement
Dickson - Edinburgh Science Festival

Listener Pick of the Week

Stephen - Nature iOS app
Mehul - Voices for vaccines

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TWiV 226: Taking the viral A train with Terry Dermody

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Terry Dermody

Vincent and Dickson speak with Terry Dermody about his career in medicine and virology.

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TWiV 225: Transcripts from the inbox

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Rich, and Kathy read listener comments and questions on viral oncotherapy, science communication, a functional HIV cure in an infant, and much more.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Case stories about CoV-EMC (one, two)
Rich - The Self-Illusion by Bruce Hood
Vincent - Moving Targets

Listener Pick of the Week

Liam - eLIFE and Rubriq
Steve - Plant virus ecology (mp3)
Neil - World Immunization Week

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TWiV 224: A wide receiver and a natural defense

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan, Kathy, and Dickson discuss identification of a cell receptor for the coronavirus-EMC, and the role of interferon-epsilon in protecting the female reproductive tract.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - 2013 Intel Science Talent Search awards
Alan - Krebs Cycle Rap (CDC)
Vincent
-  Jetpens (favorite one and two)
Dickson - Rabies death in organ recipients (CDC)

Listener Pick of the Week

Justin - The DNA Store
Jim - Massive Open Online Classrooms
Chris - Feedly

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TWiV 223: EEEV and the serpent

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan, and Kathy discuss new influenza virus NA inhibitors, detection of EEEV antibody and RNA in snakes, and replication of the coronavirus EMC in human airway epithelial cells.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Finkbeiner test and Women in Science
Alan - New flu vaccine efficacy study (CDC)
Vincent
-  Threading the NEIDL video

Listener Pick of the Week

Steve - Prof. Joan Steitz on viral RNA
Ed - Archiving history of molecular biology: Press release, video, CSHL archives and videos

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TWiV 222: Jumpin' Jack Flash, it's a GAS GAS GAS

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

The complete TWiV team discusses the amazing finding that cyclic GMP-AMP synthase is a cytosolic innate immune DNA sensor.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Graphene batteries
Alan - How do we get cures? (YouTube)
Rich -
Explosive breach of Condit Dam (Vimeo)
Vincent
-  10 things you can do to support open access (Tree of Life)

Listener Pick of the Week

Mark - The real story of Stuxnet
John - D-connector virus

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TWiV 221: Bunya there, done that

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Dickson, and Kathy review two emerging bunyaviruses, SFTSV and SBV.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Winners, 2012 Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge
Vincent -  The Operator and Dr. Oz's Problem

Listener Pick of the Week

Shane - OpenPCR
John - Python

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TWiV 220: Flu watches the clock while T7 gets a CAT scan

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

Vincent, Rich, Alan, and Kathy discuss regulation of influenza virus replication by splicing, and the bacteriophage T7 random walk.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Journal of Virology Image Gallery
Rich - Phage T7 Genetics and Physiology and slab gels
Alan - PeerJ (press release)
Vincent -  Virologia en Español

Listener Pick of the Week

Dave - Thingiverse pathogens and proteins 

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TWiV 219: Fauci pharmacy

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, and Anthony S. Fauci

Vincent and Rich meet up with Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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