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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 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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Weekly Science Picks

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

Listener Picks

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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TWiV 384: Agent 003, a view to a fish kill

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove and Rich Condit

Guests: Nischay Mishra and Ian Lipkin

Nischay and Ian join the TWiVions to discuss mass die-offs of tilapia by a novel orthomyxo-like virus, Ian's editorial on the movie Vaxxed, and new vaccines to prevent dengue virus infections, including a human challenge model.

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Weekly Science Picks

Rich - Dune by Frank Herbert
Alan - Adult vaccination video contest
Dickson - Ski town greenhouse
Vincent - Preprint servers: Force awakens or revenge of undead?

Listener Picks

Ken - Golden Mole Awards for Accidental Brilliance (list, video)
Jim - Linear algebra course

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TWiV 383: A zillion Zika papers and a Brazilian

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Esper Kallas

Esper and the Merry TWiXters analyze the latest data on Zika virus and microcephaly in Brazil, and discuss publications on a mouse model for disease, infection of a fetus, mosquito vector competence, and the cryo-EM structure of the virus particle.

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Weekly Science Picks

Esper - The Chaos by Gérard Nolst Trenité (pronunciation guide) and HIV pathogenesis course
Alan - Science Kombat
Dickson - Four steps to wiping out a mosquito
Vincent - Public lacks information on Zika virus
Kathy - Zika virus cryo-EM structure video

Listener Picks

Justin - Culture-independent discovery of Archaeal virus
Melinda - Zika virus open research portal and Your body battles series

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TWiV 382: Everyone's a little bit viral

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Guests: Nels Elde and Edward Chuong

Nels and Ed join the TWiV team to talk about their observation that regulation of the human interferon response depends on regulatory sequences that were co-opted millions of years ago from endogenous retroviruses.

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Weekly Science Picks

Nels - Don't Get Me Started - Matt Giorgianni
Alan - Sun's magnetic field (paper)
Dickson - Most realistic dinosaur terrifies
Vincent - Top secret!
Kathy - Zika virus risk for US 50 cities (paper)
Ed - Watching comb jellies poop

Listener Picks

Asal - Lost paper of Gregor Mendel
Dennis - PhysicsGirl
Jacob - Second (XKCD) and ACI blogger interview

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TWiV 381: Add viruses and Zimmer

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Carl Zimmer

Carl Zimmer joins the TWiV team to talk about his career in science writing, the real meaning of copy-paste, science publishing, the value of Twitter, preprint servers, his thoughts on science outreach, and much more.

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Weekly Science Picks

Carl - Surprising benefit of viral DNA
Alan - Global ship traffic
Dickson - Music with 2000 marbles
Vincent - The whiteboard revolution
Kathy - How to interpret UK and American advisors
Rich - Carina Storrs, science writer

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TWiV 380: Viruses visible in le microscope photonique

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiVeroos deliver the weekly Zika Report, then talk about a cryoEM structure of a plant virus that reveals how the RNA genome is packaged in the capsid, and MIMIVIRE, a CRISPR-like defense system in giant eukaryotic viruses.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Progression of Evolution
Dickson - Toddler dies of meningitis
Vincent - Gardasil ideology, not science
Kathy - The Noun Project
Rich - Physics Girl

Listener Pick

Mark - MyRadar app (iOS, Android)

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TWiV 379: A mouse divided

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Scott Tibbetts

Scott Tibbetts joins the TWiVists to describe his work on the role of a herpesviral nocoding RNA in establishment of peripheral latency, and then we visit two last minute additions to the Zika virus literature.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Okeanos Explorer
Dickson - Rome Reborn
Vincent - Twitter Missing Manual
Scott - Best Science Images of 2015
Kathy - Space Travel Posters
Rich - GoISSWatch

Listener Pick

Peter - Antibiotics and the Problem of the Broken Market

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TWiV 378: Herpes plays DUBstep

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Guests: Greg Smith and Mark Fuccio

Greg Smith joins the TWiVirate to reveal how his lab discovered a switch that controls herpesvirus neuroinvasion, and then we visit the week's news about Zika virus.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Science byline counting project
Dickson - Bill Nye on climate change
Vincent - Zdziarski's blog of things (Apple's motion to vacate)
Greg - Atlas, the next generation
Kathy - Sources of Chaco wood
Mark - How Dogs Love Us by Gregory Berns

Listener Pick

Bohdan - The real reason for brains

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TWiV 377: Chicken with a side of Zika

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiVniks review the past week's findings on Zika virus and microcephaly, and reveal a chicken protein that provides insight on the restriction of transmission of avian influenza viruses to humans.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - CDC vaccine quiz
Dickson - A telescope so powerful
Vincent - Virology Lectures 2016 (virology blog, iTunes U)
Rich - Ion propulsion (Wiki)
Kathy - Spurious Correlations

Listener Pick

Johnye - Magellan telescope and van Egmond photograpy at Kids Should See This

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