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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 394: Cards in a hand

Vincent and Alan speak with Erica Ollmann Saphire about her career and her work on understanding the functions of proteins of Ebolaviruses, Marburg virus, and other hemorrhagic fever viruses, at ASM Microbe 2016 in Boston, MA.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Alan Dove

Guest: Erica Ollmann Saphire

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Slime Lapse
Vincent - Virus Watch

Listener Picks

Patricia - NECSS, People Behind the Science, The Life Scientific
Peter - Iron Lung on eBay

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TWiV 393: Lovers and livers

The TWiVerati revisit possible sexual transmission of Zika virus, and reveal how a cell protein that allows hepatitis C virus replication in cell culture enhances vitamin E mediated protection against lipid peroxidation.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - All About That Space
RichThe Expanse by James S.A. Corey (SyFy)
Kathy - Five Pivotal Paragraphs in a Paper
Vincent - Agar Art Contest Winners

Listener Picks

Ted - Marshall Niremberg charts

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TWiV 392: Zika virus!

Four virologists discuss our current understanding of Zika virus biology, pathogenesis, transmission, and prevention, in this special live episode recorded at the American Society for Microbiology in Washington, DC.

Host: Vincent Racaniello 

Guests: Michael DiamondMichaela GackLaura Kramer, and Charles Rice

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TWiV 391: Whiter reefs, fresh breath

If you have always wanted to know what coral reefs and the human oral cavity have in common, listen as guests David Pride and Forest Rohwer talk about their work on the microbiomes and viromes of these two environments, and you'll also understand why mucus is cool.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Rich Condit

Guests: David Pride and Forest Rohwer

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Alan - Vax Pack Hero
Rich - Helicopter autorotation
Vincent - Life in Our Phage World by Forest Rohwer, Merry Youle, Heather Maughan, Nao Hisakawa

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Matt - Experiment.com

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TWiV 390: Building a better mosquito trap

Project Premonition, a Microsoft Research project that uses drones to capture mosquitoes and analyze them for pathogens, preprint servers, and three mouse models for Zika virus induced birth defects are the topics of this episode hosted by the TWiumvirate and theirs guests Ethan and Jonathan.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guests: Ethan Jackson and Jonathan Carlson

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 - Vertical City documentary and Lumino City game
RichErrol Morris: ‘Demon in the Freezer’
Kathy - Entropic Time YouTube by A Capella Science (watch “the making of”)
Vincent - Agar Art contest finalists

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Jennie - SciFi reading (scroll down)

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TWiV 389: Alphabet hepatitis with Stan Lemon

Host: Vincent Racaniello 

Guest: Stan Lemon

Vincent speaks with Stan Lemon about his career in virology, from early work on Epstein Barr virus, through making essential discoveries about hepatitis A virus, hepatitis C virus, and rhinoviruses.

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TWiV 388: What could possibly go wrong?

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Preprint servers, the structure of an antibody bound to Zika virus, blocking Zika virus replication in mosquitoes with Wolbachia, and killing carp in Australia with a herpesvirus are topics of this episode hosted by Vincent, Dickson, Alan, and Kathy.

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Image: A single molecule of the Zika virus E glycoprotein (red) bound to a broadly neutralizing antibody (green). The fusion loop on the E protein, which is recognized by the antibody, is shown in yellow.

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 - Research funding by lottery
Kathy - Eugenia Cheng Math and Baking
Vincent - Zika Diaries

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Stephen - Virus trading cards
William - Virus trading cards
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TWiV 387: Quaxxed

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Nina Martin

Nina Martin joins the TWiV team to talk about the movie Vaxxed, her bout with dengue fever, and the latest research on Zika virus.

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Nina - Vaccines and Your Child by Paul Offit and Charlotte Moser
Dickson - The animals of Chernobyl
Alan
 - Five rules of lab safety
Kathy - 20 best science images of the year?
Vincent - Massive undersea crab swarm

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JP - Global map of wind
Todd - Doc Martin

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TWiV 386: The dolphins did it

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guests: Ted Diehl and Welkin Johnson

Ted and Welkin inform the TWiV team how the evolution of ancient retroviruses can be inferred by studying their sequences in the genomes of modern mammals, and join in a discussion of virus dispersal during different methods for drying hands.

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Welkin - Lab Girl by Hope Jahren (essay)
Ted - Accidental brilliance in science
Rich - Perpetual motion?
Kathy - R0 graphic and explanation
Vincent - NWS ditches all caps forecasts

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Basel - Gimli Glider and Mars Climate Orbiter
Ken - Vaccination comic book

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TWiV 385: Failure

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Guest: Stuart Firestein

Stuart joins Vincent and Dickson to talk about his sequel to Ignorance, a book called Failure, which seeks to make science more appealing by revealing its faults.

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