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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 352: Science art with Michele Banks

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Michele Banks

Vincent meets up with Michele Banks in Washington, DC to discuss her career as a creator of science-themed art.

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TWiV 351: The dengue code

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The Masters of the ScienTWIVic Universe discuss a novel poxvirus isolate from an immunosuppressed patient, H1N1 and the gain-of-function debate, and attenuation of dengue virus by recoding the genome.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Genetic roulette
Rich
 - The Huntington
Kathy - Simulated vomiting machine (video)
Dickson - Last Cassini Saturn flyby
Vincent - Decaying Still Life (YouTube)

Listener Pick of the Week

Ken - Cave meterology (Times, Nature)

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TWiV 350: Viral gene therapy with Katherine High

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Katherine A. High

Vincent speaks with Katherine High about her career and her work on using viral gene therapy to treat inherited disorders.

This episode is drawn from one of twenty-six video interviews with leading scientists who have made significant contributions to the field of virology, part of the new edition of the textbook Principles of Virology.

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TWiV 349: One ring to vaccinate them all

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Rich Condit

Vincent, Alan and Rich explain how to make a functional ribosome with tethered subunits, and review the results of a phase III VSV-vectored Ebolavirus vaccine trial in Guinea.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Above and Beyond
Rich
 - DSCOVR (Dark moon side crossing Earth)
Vincent - Stuxnet virus (Wired, YouTube)

Listener Pick of the Week

Konrad - Stated Clearly

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TWiV 348: Chicken shift

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Rich Condit

Vincent and Rich discuss fruit fly viruses, one year without polio in Nigeria, and a permissive Marek's disease viral vaccine that allows transmission of virulent viruses.

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Weekly Science Picks

Rich - Swan-Ganz catheter (Wiki, video)
Vincent - Mobile DNA III

Listener Pick of the Week

Kevin - Synthetic prions

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TWiV 347: Rose rosette and squirrel roulette

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Rich Condit

Vincent, Alan, and Rich discuss the virus behind rose rosette disease, and fatal human encephalitis caused by a variegated squirrel bornavirus.

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Weekly Science Picks 1:17:05

Alan - National Immunization Awareness Month (Twitter campaign)
Rich - Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Vincent - iPhone owns podcasts (9to5Mac)

Listener Pick of the Week

Sandra - World Zoonoses Day graphic
Peter - Mammal-carnivorous plant mutualism (bat and shrew)

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TWiV 346: A double helical career

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Joan Steitz

This episode was recorded at the 34th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Virology, where Vincent, Rich, and Kathy spoke with Joan Steitz, a tireless promoter of women in science and one of the greatest scientists of our generation.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Charity Hall
Rich - 
Ribosome binding sites of phage R17 mRNA
Vincent - Pluto flyby

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TWiV 345: How a vaccine got the nod

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiVonauts review how the weather affects West Nile virus disease in the US, benefit of B cell depletion for ME/CFS patients, and an autoimmune reaction induced by influenza virus vaccine that leads to narcolepsy.

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Weekly Science Picks

Dickson - Algal DMS releasing enzyme
Alan -
Science of beer aging
Kathy - The Art of Science winners
Vincent - The future of Lego plastics

Listener Pick of the Week

Eric - Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazzilit
Stephen - The Martian by Andy Weir (audiobook)

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TWiV 344: Glaswegians go viral

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Ruth JarrettGlen Nemerow, and Esther Schnettler

At the Glasgow Science Festival microTALKS, Vincent speaks with Ruth, Glen, and Esther about their research on viruses and Hodgkin lymphoma, adenovirus structure and entry into cells, and interactions between arthropod borne viruses and their hosts.

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TWiV 343: The silence of the turnips

 Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiVerinoes discuss the potential for prion spread by plants, global circulation patterns of influenza virus, and the roles of Argonautes and a viral protein in RNA silencing in plants.

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Weekly Science Picks 1:41:45

Dickson - Global rainfall and snowfall map and A Week in the Life of Rain
Alan -
Automated patch clamp
Kathy - More Women in Science mini Legos
RichThe Martian trailer
Vincent - It's a bug's life

Listener Pick of the Week

May - p53 by Sue Armstrong

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