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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 161: Concerto in B

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich ConditAlan Dove, and Gabriel Victora

Vincent, Rich, Alan and Gabriel review the production of antibodies by B cells, and how high affinity antibodies are selected in the germinal centers of lymph nodes.

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Weekly Science Picks

Gabriel - Antibody-based protection against HIV (Nature)
Rich - Contact
Alan - Flu shot dystonia (YouTube)
Vincent - Sciflies and RocketHub

Listener Pick of the Week

Neva - Virus and retrovirus
Ayesha - The Life Scientific (BBC)

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TWiV 160: Moore tumor viruses

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich ConditAlan Dove, Dickson Despommier, and Patrick Moore

The TWiV team speaks with Patrick Moore about his discovery, with Yuan Chang, of two human tumor viruses, Kaposi's sarcoma herpesvirus and Merkel cell polyomavirus.

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Weekly Science Picks

Patrick - The Theory That Would Not Die by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne
Dickson - Foodborne illness acquired in the US (Emerging Inf Dis)
Rich - GATTACA
Alan - Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Vincent - Boxwave capacitative stylus

Listener Pick of the Week

Neva - 10+1 top science apps
Ricardo - Where's the outrage?

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TWiV 159: Flu gets the REDD light

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Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Rich Condit

Vincent, Alan, and Rich review concern over an influenza H5N1 transmission experiment, and a new host defense protein against RNA viruses.

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Weekly Science Picks

Rich - Livescribe Smartpen
Alan - Royal Society journal archive
Vincent - Chronic fatigue syndrome and the CDC by Dave Tuller

Listener Pick of the Week
Judi - Top 7 in Microbiology

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TWiV 158: Wolverines go viral

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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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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

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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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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

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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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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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