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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 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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Links for this episode:svalbard

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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Links for this episode:pxmrv

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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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)

This episdode of TWiV is sponsored by Wiley-Blackwell, the leading scientific publisher of books, scholarly journals, major reference works and databases. This month they are offering 25%-off all Microbiology and Virology books. To take advantage of this offer go to www.wiley.com/go/microbeworld.

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TWiV 148: Retreating into Harvard virology

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Philip Kranzusch, David Knipe, and Priscilla Yang

Vincent, Philip, David, and Priscilla recorded this episode before an audience at the Harvard Virology Program Annual Retreat, where they discussed negative strand RNA viruses, a vaccine against herpes simplex virus type 2, lipidomics of viral infection, and science communication.

The Keynote Speaker at the Harvard Virology retreat is usually an individual, but this year the honor went to TWiV as an example of science communication to the public. Many thanks to members of the Virology Program for a terrific retreat!

Artwork by Silvia Piccinotti, G4

Right-click to download TWiV 148 (56 MB .mp3, 77 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Philip - AntWeb
David -
Herpes-like viruses in corals (PNAS and LiveScience)
Priscilla -
Science museums (Boston, Durham)
Vincent -
Contagion

Listener Pick of the Week

Jenny - Emerman's review of Planet of Viruses (PLoS Biology)

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TWiV 147: Debugging dengue

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloRich Condit, Dickson Despommier, and Alan Dove

The complete TWiV gang discusses the use of Wolbachia to control mosquito-borne infections.

Right-click to download TWiV 147 (64 MB .mp3, 89 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Sid the science kid
Dickson -
Through the alimentary canal with gun and camera by George S. Chappell
Vincent -
Rule of 6ix
Rich -
Reality check

Listener Pick of the Week Liam - Scitable

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TWiV 146: Draco's potion

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloRich Condit, and Abbie Smith

Vincent, Rich, and Abbie review a broad spectrum antiviral protein, and selective pressure applied by a failed HIV-1 vaccine.

Right-click to download TWiV 146 (78 MB .mp3, 107 minutes).

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Links for this episode:draco

Weekly Science Picks

Vincent - Hypothetical Risk: Cambridge City Council's Hearings on Recombinant DNA Research
Rich - Z Corporation 3-D printer (YouTube)

Listener Pick of the Week

Jim - Do-it-yourself DNA extraction (Citizen Scientist Quarterly)

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TWiV 145: The inVinceable TWiV

Hosts: Alan Dove and Rich Condit

Alan and Rich tackle the discovery of bacteriophages, and treating influenza by calming the cytokine storm.

Right-click to download TWiV 145 (63 MB .mp3, 87 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - AT&T Tech Channel
Rich -
Smallpox and its eradication (pdf)

Listener Pick of the Week

Asif - Science Photo Library

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