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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 158: Wolverines go viral

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloRich Condit, Alice Telesnitsky, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent and Rich visit the Microbiology and Immunology Department at the University of Michigan Medical School, and speak with Alice and Kathy about their work on HIV genome dimerization, and packaging and pathogenesis of mouse adenovirus.

Model of poliovirus bound to CD155 made by Stefan Taube.

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Right-click to download TWiV 158 (52 MB .mp3, 87 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.

Links for this episode:polio_cd155

Weekly Science Picks

Alice - Banvard's Folly by Paul S. Collins
Kathy - The world at seven billion
Rich - The Princess Bride
Vincent - Center for the history of microbiology

Listener Pick of the Week

Tim - Dead Ends to Somewhere by Richard L. Ward
Don - Ben Goldacre: Battling bad science (TED)

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TWiV 157: Better innate than never

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloRich Condit, Alan Dove, Dickson Despommier, Jeremy Luban, and Gabriel Victora

A large TWiV panel remembers Ralph Steinman, and considers a new innate sensor of retroviral capsids.

Photograph of a dendritic cell (green) interacting with T cells (cyan) near a blood vessel by Gabriel Victora.

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Right-click to download TWiV 157 (90 MB .mp3, 125 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Dickson - Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
Rich - Battlestar Galactica
Alan - Coleman LED quad lantern
Gabriel - A History of Immunology by Arthur M. Silverstein
Jeremy - Principles of Virology by Flint, Enquist, Racaniello, Skalka
Vincent - Principles of Molecular Virology by AJ Cann

Listener Pick of the Week

David - Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot (YouTube)

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TWiV 156: Armed and targeted killer meta-analysis

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloRich Condit, and Dickson Despommier

Vincent, Rich, and Dickson review a meta-analysis on influenza vaccine, a killer virus in fungi that selects against RNAi, and the use of armed and targeted poxviruses for oncolytic virotherapy.

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Right-click to download TWiV 156 (57 MB .mp3, 94 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Rich - Google's self-driving car (story one and two)
Dickson - Wild Russia and Wild China TV series
Vincent - Baculovirus molecular biology by George Rohrmann (free)

Listener Pick of the Week

Jim - Lee Cronin: Making matter come alive (TED)

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TWiV 155: XXII Brazilian National Virology Meeting

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Grant McFadden, Eurico de Arruda Neto, Paulo Eduardo Brandão, Francisco Murilo Zerbini, and Janice Reis Ciacci Zanella

Vincent, Grant, Eurico, Paulo, Francisco and Janice discuss their work on bocavirus, infectious bronchitis virus, begomoviruses, and circoviruses at the Brazilian Virology Society meeting in Atibaia, São Paulo, Brazi.

Right-click to download TWiV 155 (56 MB .mp3, 93 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Vincent - AAM Colloquium Program
Grant - The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

Listener Pick of the Week

Antonio - 2011 Nobel Laureates Lectures at Lindau

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TWiV 154: Symbiotic safecrackers

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Rich Condit

Vincent, Alan, and Rich are very enthusiastic about two studies that show how gut bacteria help viral invaders.

Right-click to download TWiV 154 (46 MB .mp3, 77 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.

Links for this episode:mmtv

Weekly Science Picks

Alan - SciWriteLabs
Vincent - Take as directed

Listener Pick of the Week Tony - Introduction to AI online course

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TWiV 153: Rabid reindeer and protective prions

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Rich Condit

Vincent, Alan, and Rich review an outbreak of rabies in arctic foxes and reindeer in Norway, and a prion that makes you go antiviral.

Right-click to download TWiV 153 (55 MB .mp3, 92 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Amoebas microscope drive 2011
Vincent - WolframAlpha
Rich - Genesis by Ramos David (YouTube)

Listener Pick of the Week Bill -Virolution by Frank Ryan

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TWiV 152: Viromes in the effluence of society

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Rich Condit

Vincent, Alan, and Rich cover the virome of raw sewage, and a baculovirus gene that causes caterpillars to climb to their doom.

Right-click to download TWiV 152 (50 MB .mp3, 83 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - xkcd tribute to Steve Jobs
Vincent -
Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford commencement address (YouTube)
Rich -
1984 Apple Macintosh commercial (YouTube)

Listener Pick of the Week

David - Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin

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TWiV 151: Dear TWiVers

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Rich Condit

Vincent, Alan, and Rich review questions and comments from TWiV listeners.

Right-click to download TWiV 151 (49 MB .mp3, 81 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Aurora Australis from space
Vincent -
Science360 Radio
Rich -
Ghost Productions (demo and website)

Listener Pick of the Week

Sophie - Bacteria by Jonathan Coulton

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TWiV 150: Contaminated

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloRich Condit, and Dickson Despommier

Vincent, Dickson, and Rich meant to do an all-email episode, but first they review results of the Blood XMRV Scientific Research Working Group, and partial retraction of the paper associating XMRV with chronic fatigue syndrome.

With this episode TWiV is three years old.

Right-click to download TWiV 150 (56 MB .mp3, 93 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Dickson - The Tree of Life
Vincent -
When do you fact-check article content with sources? (take as directed)
Rich -
io9

Listener Pick of the Week

Luis - NIH videocasting and podcasting

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TWiV 149: Live at ICAAC in the Windy City

Vincent, Rich, Mark, and Trine discuss science and medicine in journalism and the eradication of poliovirus at the 51st Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC).

Right-click to download TWiV 149 (62 MB .mp3, 86 minutes).

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Mark Pallansch, and Trine Tsouderos

 

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Links for this episode:twiv149

Weekly Science Picks

Rich - Parachute use to prevent death (Brit Med J)
Vincent -
Ian Lipkin's Op-Ed on Contagion and a review of the movie (both NY Times)

Listener Pick of the Week

Michael - Bacteria billboard for Contagion (YouTube)

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