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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.
In their final episode of the year, the TWiV team reviews ten compelling virology stories from 2013.
Download TWiV 265 (75 MB .mp3, 103 min)
The TWiVites read listener questions and comments about public engagement in science, vaccines, RNAi, reprogramming CD8 cells to treat cancer, rabies, and much more.
Download TWiV 264 (72 MB .mp3, 100 min)
Judi - Olympus BioScapes Winner
Ben joins the TWiV team to reveal the winner of his contest in which influenza viruses carrying different interferon-stimulated genes vie against one another in mice.
Download TWiV 263 (75 MB .mp3, 104 min)
Kathy - The Brain Scoop, esp. Where My Ladies At
Alan - Say 'hi' to a spaceship (YouTube)
Rich - Garmin BlueChart Mobile and Active Captain
Vincent - Journal boycott (one, two)
Dickson - Futurescape TV show
Host: Vincent Racaniello
Guest: Ann Palmenberg
Vincent returns to the University of Wisconsin - Madison to speak with Ann Palmenberg about her career in virology.
Download TWiV 262 (69 MB .mp3, 96 min)
Vincent meets up with Chantal and Jean-Michel at the first International Symposium on Giant Virus Biology in Tegernsee, Germany, to discuss their work on Mimivirus, Megavirus, and Pandoravirus.
Host: Vincent Racaniello
Vincent visits the University of Wisconsin, Madison and speaks with Tom, Tony, and David about their work on virus discovery at the AIDS Vaccine Research Laboratory.
Download TWiV 260 (69 MB .mp3, 95 min)
Guest: Jaquelin Dudley
Vincent and Rich join Jackie at the University of Texas, Austin to talk about her work on mouse mammary tumor virus.
Download TWiV 259 (63 MB .mp3, 87 min)
Video of this episode – view below or at YouTube
Matt joins the TWiV team to discuss the discovery of a SARS-like coronavirus in bats that can infect human cells, and what is going on with MERS-coronavirus.
Download TWiV 258 (62 MB .mp3, 86 min)
The TWiV team consider how the kinase mTOR modulates the antibody response to provide broad protection against influenza virus, and explore the problems with scientific research.
Download TWiV 257 (74 MB .mp3, 102 min)
Peter - Score and ignore (pdf)
Vincent, Dickson, Alan, Rich, and Kathy review two papers that present evidence for RNA interference as an antiviral immunity mechanism in mammals.
Download TWiV 256 (70 MB .mp3, 96 min)
Dickson - Wildlife Photographers of the Year 2013
Kathy - John Holland's Emerging Infectious Disease lecture (YouTube)
Alan - The worst part is not
Rich - The Universe in a Single Atom by Dalai Lama (Mind and Life Institute)
Vincent - The Truth about T. Rex by Brian Switek