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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.
The sternutating TWiVers discuss preventing infection of cells and animals by a soluble CD4-CCR5 molecule that binds to HIV-1 virus particles.
Download TWiV 326 (67 MB .mp3, 93 min)
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello
Vincent visits the 'Little Apple' and speaks with Rollie and Lorena about their work on mosquito-born viruses and baculoviruses.
Download TWiV 325 (59 MB .mp3, 82 min)
Lee joins the TWiV team to discuss the value of post-doctoral training, and how a cellular microRNA assists in the replication of hepatitis C virus.
Guest: Lee Feinman
Download TWiV 324 (84 MB .mp3, 116 min)
Lee - Furthering America's Research and Upgoer five and six
Alan - Best snow shovel
Rich - Ripple tank
Kathy - Fractals
Dickson - World Press Photo Contest 2015
Vincent - What to do about antivax politicians and physicians
The family TWiVidae discuss changes in the human fecal virome associated with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
Download TWiV 323 (76 MB .mp3, 105 min)
The TWiVodes answer listener email about hantaviruses, antivirals, H1N1 vaccine and narcolepsy, credibility of peer review, Bourbon virus, influenza vaccine, careers in virology, and much more.
Download TWiV 322 (77 MB .mp3, 107 min)
Paul Duprex joins the TWiV team to discuss the current moratorium on viral research to alter transmission, range and resistance, infectivity and immunity, and pathogenesis.
Guest: Paul Duprex
Download TWiV 321 (73 MB .mp3, 100 min)
Vincent speaks with John Coffin about his career studying retroviruses, including working with Howard Temin, endogenous retroviruses, XMRV, chronic fatigue syndrome and prostate cancer, HIV/AIDS, and his interest in growing cranberries.
Host: Vincent Racaniello
Guest: John Coffin
Download TWiV 320 (81 MB .mp3, 112 min)
The TWiVers review the outcomes of two recent phase 3 clinical trials of a quadrivalent dengue virus vaccine in Asia and Latin America.
Download TWiV 319 (74 MB .mp3, 102 min)
Alan - The Toaster Project by Thomas Thwaites
Rich - SpaceX reusable rocket (SpaceX)
Kathy - Antarctica: A Year on Ice
Dickson - NHL Mumps outbreak and Hubble Andromeda image
Vincent - We the Microbiologist
The TWiV gang reviews ten fascinating, compelling, and riveting virology stories from 2014.
Download TWiV 318 (87 MB .mp3, 120 min)
Alan - Mystery photos from CERN
Rich - Adam E. Cohen: Bringing bioelectricity to light
Kathy - Wired's top microbe stories of 2014
Dickson - Mouse joke
Vincent - The Science of Epidemics (Time Inc Special)
On his second trip to Brazil, Vincent joins Eurico to speak with four young virologists, Gustavo, Cintia, Tatiana, and Suellen, about their work and their prospects for careers in science.
Host: Vincent Racaniello
Guests: Eurico Arruda, Gustavo Acrani, Cintia Bittar, Tatiana Domitrovic, and Suellen Galvino-Costa
Download TWiV 317 (61 MB .mp3, 85 min)
Photos of my trip are at facebook.com/thisweekinvirology
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