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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 302: The sky is falling

The TWiVers discuss the growing Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, and an epidemic of respiratory disease in the US caused by enterovirus D68.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Index to creationist claims
Rich - Wild Kratts
Kathy - Worn away
Dickson - Iceland volcano eruption
Vincent - Immune Quest

Listener Pick of the Week

Kay - Landes Bioscience open access books

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TWiV 301: Marine viruses and insect defense

At the International Congress of Virology in Montreal, Vincent speaks with Carla and Curtis about their work on RNA interference and antiviral defense in fruit flies, and viruses in the sea, the greatest biodiversity on Earth.

Host: Vincent Racaniello Guests: Carla Saleh and Curtis Suttle

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TWiV 300: So happy together

Recording together for the first time, the TWiV team celebrates their 300th recording at the American Society for Microbiology headquarters in Washington, DC, where Vincent  speaks with Dickson, Alan, Rich, and Kathy about their careers in science.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - The Internet's Original Sin
Dickson - Placidcoyote
Rich - Scientific Method, Grail Style
Kathy - Viruses Throughout Life and Time
Vincent - ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Listener Pick of the Week

Jim - iBiology
Victoria - Images of Science
Mehul/Walt - Calling the Shots

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TWiV 299: Rocky Mountain virology

Vincent visits the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana and speaks with Marshall, Sonja, and Byron about their work on tick-born flaviviruses, innate immunity, and prion diseases.

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Marshall Bloom, Sonja Best, and Byron Caughey

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TWiV 298: MV-NIS de myelo

The TWiV gang answers follow-up questions about the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, then discuss treatment of  disseminated multiple myeloma with oncolytic measles virus.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - WTF, Evolution?! by Mara Grunbaum
Rich - Cold Spring Harbor Oral History Collection
Kathy - Inside insides
Vincent -
Going Viral (Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre)

Listener Pick of the Week

Kim - Nobel Prize Podcasts
Johnye - The Planet is Fine
Jennie - Counter-Zombie Dominance Plan (pdf)

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TWiV 297: Ebola! Don't panic

The TWiVites present an all-ebolavirus episode, tackling virology, epidemiology, and approaches to prevention and cure that are in the pipeline.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Historical perspective on Ebola (Tara C Smith)
Rich - Tell the negative committee to shut up (Fanuel Muindi)
Kathy - Art of Night (Vimeo)
Vincent - Is Ebola virus going to kill me? (John Skylar)

Listener Pick of the Week

Peter - Dr. Michael Saag interview by Dr. Virginia Campbell
David - PI Predictor (app, article, publication)

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TWiV 296: The real Batman, Linfa Wang

Vincent visits the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong, Australia and speaks with Linfa about his work on bats and bat viruses.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Linfa Wang

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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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