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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 188: Haggis, single malt, and viruses

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Massimo Palmarini, John MacLauchlan, Emma Thomson, and Hande Harmanci.

Vincent travels to Scotland to meet with members of the Centre for Virus Research at the University of Glasgow to discuss their work on hepatitis C virus and jaagsiekte sheep retrovirus.

Right-click to download TWiV 188 (78 MB .mp3, 108 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Vincent - Microbe art

Listener Pick of the Week

Judi - Cell Imaging (Mac App Store)

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TWiV 187: The mummy

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Rich Condit

Vincent and Rich discuss recovery of a hepatitis B viral genome from a 16th century Korean mummy, and personal omics profiling of an individual over a 14 month period.

Right-click to download TWiV 187 (64 MB .mp3, 88 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Rich - The Checklist by Atul Gawande
Vincent - Artologica

Listener Pick of the Week

David - Cracking your genetic code (Nova)
Josh - The nuclearization of biology is a threat to health and security (pdf)

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TWiV 186: From Buda to stump grinding

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Rich Condit

The TWiV chiefs tackle reader email about how to pronounce Buda, Texas, grinding tree stumps, and much more.

Right-click to download TWiV 186 (82 MB .mp3, 114 minutes). Subscribe to TWiV (free) in iTunes , at the Zune Marketplace, by the RSS feed, by email, or listen on your mobile device with the Microbeworld app.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - World Wide Lightning Location Network
Rich - Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Vincent - The Ocelloid

Listener Pick of the Week

lafrenchfille - whatshouldwecallgradschool
Neva - Antiviral drugs by Carl Zimmer
Sergio - APSnet

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TWiV 185: Dead parrots and live Wildcats

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Sarah Connolly, Andrew Karaba, Robert Lamb, and Greg Smith

Vincent visits with members of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Northwestern University School of Medicine to discuss their work on herpesviruses and parainfluenzaviruses.

Right-click to download TWiV 185 (64 MB .mp3, 88 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Sarah - Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams
Andrew - The Strangest Man by Graham Farmelo
Vincent - Gates Grand Challenges in Global Health awards

Listener Pick of the Week

Ed - Pursuit of Light (YouTube); MRC Biomedical Picture of the Day; It's okay to be smart

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TWiV 184: Reforming science

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, and Alan Dove

Vincent, Rich, and Alan consider how to reform the scientific enterprise to make it more effective and robust.

Right-click to download TWiV 184 (66 MB .mp3, 91 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - PubMed PubReMiner
Rich - Intentional Blindness (YouTube)
Vincent - Vaccine infographic

Listener Pick of the Week

Ken - Wattpad

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TWiV 183: Bats out of hell

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Alan Dove, Dickson Despommier, and Connor Bamford

Connor joins the TWiV team to discuss bats as hosts for major mammalian paramyxoviruses.

Right-click to download TWiV 183 (66 MB .mp3, 92 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Connor - Microbiology Twitter journal club
Alan -
Where the Wild Types Are (YouTube)
Rich - May 14th: Smallpox vaccination day
Dickson - Searching for pore-fection (Science)
Vincent - RRResearch

Listener Pick of the Week

Stephen - Every Major's Terrible (xkcd)

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TWiV 182: One flu over the ferrets' nest

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Alan Dove, and Michael J. Imperiale

Michael joins the TWiV crew to discuss the recently published influenza H5N1 transmission paper and how it was viewed by the NSABB.

Right-click to download TWiV 182 (77 MB .mp3, 107 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - 18th century shipping mapped
Rich - Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Vincent - Air France 447 (Telegraph)

Listener Pick of the Week

Josh - Vaccines course by Dr. Paul Offit

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TWiV 181: ORFan poxviruses and nIRFing prions

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Rich, and Kathy discuss Cotia virus, a new poxvirus, Orf virus infections associated with handling goats and lamb, and the innate immune response to prions.

Right-click to download TWiV 181 (74 MB .mp3, 103 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Astronomy Picture of the Day (especially this and this)
Rich - Tom Lehrer Element Song (YouTube)
Vincent - Albert B. Sabin Archives

Listener Pick of the Week

Spencer - Netter's Infectious Diseases by Elaine C. Jong and Dennis L. Stevens
Richard - Germs, Genes & Civilization by David P. Clark

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TWiV 180: Throwing IFIT at flu and holding a miR to HCV

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Rich Condit

Vincent, Alan, and Rich review association of an interferon-induced protein with severe influenza, and stabilization of HCV RNA by a microRNA.

Right-click to download TWiV 180 (71 MB .mp3, 99 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Micro Empire (Vimeo)
Rich - Census of marine life
Vincent - Pinterest

Listener Pick of the Week

Mark - The Secret Life of Plankton (YouTube)

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TWiV 179: Was ist ein Virus?

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Gertrud Radu

Gertrud joins the TWiVoners to review how dengue virus infection of mosquitoes alters blood feeding behavior, and gene therapy as practiced by parasitoid wasps.

Right-click to download TWiV 179 (76 MB .mp3, 105 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Gertrud - Bat on a plane! (MMWR)
Alan - The Rings of Earth (YouTube)
Rich - Giant Magellan telescope
Vincent - Hepatitis C new drug pipeline

Listener Pick of the Week

Ricardo - Evolution: The Natural History of Animal Skeletons
Peter - Self-assembly line (YouTube)

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