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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 106: Making viral DNA II

On episode #106 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Dickson, and Rich continue Virology 101 with a second installment of their discussion of how viruses with DNA genomes replicate their genetic information.

Host links Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Rich Condit

Links for this episode:the_problem

  • Figures for this episode (pdf)
  • Letters read on TWiV 106
  • Video of this episode - download .mov or .wmv or view below

Weekly science picks:

Rich - Google Health
Dickson - The Neandertal genome
Vincent - Lab techniques videos (thanks, Erik!)

Contact

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TWiV #106 (69 MB .mp3, 95 minutes)

TWiV 105: Finches score again

On episode #105 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Dickson, Alan, and Rich review eradication of rinderpest, endogenous hepatitis B virus in the zebra finch genome, and identification of the cell receptor for an extinct retrovirus..

Host links Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Rich Condit

Links for this episode:hbv_finch

Weekly science picks:

Dickson - Winged Migration
Alan - Web-accessible shortwave receivers
Rich - Personal Genome Project
Vincent -
XVIVO scientific animation

Contact

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TWiV #105 (66 MB .mp3, 92 minutes)

TWiV 104: The colony-collapse blues

On episode #104 of the podcast This Week in Virology, The entire TWiV family reviews the latest ideas about colony collapse disorder of honeybees, and resurgence of monkeypox in Africa.

Host links Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Rich Condit

Links for this episode:sowbug_iridovirus1

Weekly science picks:

Dickson - Four Fish by Paul Greenberg
Alan - Nikon Small World contest, 2010 winners
Rich - Encyclopedia of Life
Vincent -
First all-digital science textbook will be free (thanks, @windsurfer)

Contact

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TWiV #104 (70 MB .mp3, 97 minutes)

TWiV 103: Shots with LJ Tan

On episode #103 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Alan discuss influenza vaccines with LJ Tan of the American Medical Association.

Host links Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and LJ Tan

Links for this episode:flu_shots

Weekly science picks:

Alan - BioGene, an iApp
Vincent - The Vertical Farm by Dickson Despommier

Contact

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TWiV #103 (56 MB .mp3, 77 minutes)

TWiV 102: Catch me if you can in Munich

Episode #102 of the podcast This Week in Virology is a conversation about the RNA sensor RIG-I, adenovirus gene therapy, a universal influenza vaccine, and rabies virus, recorded in Munich, Germany at the SFB455 symposium ‘Viral offense and immune defense’.

Host links Vincent Racaniello, Andrew BakerKarl-Klaus ConzelmannPeter Palese, and Katharina Eisenächer

Links for this episode:sfb455

Weekly science picks:

Katharina - Deutsches Museum
Vincent - HHMI holiday lectures on science (thanks Judi!)

Contact

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TWiV #102 (67 MB .mp3, 95 minutes)

TWiV 101: Sizing up adenovirus

On episode #101 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, Rich, Dickson, and Hamish review the three-dimensional structure of adenovirus, and the role of adenovirus type 36 in obesity.

Host links Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, Dickson Despommier, and Hamish Young

Links for this episode:adenovirus

Weekly science picks:

Alan - National Geographic's Best Environmental Photographs of 2010
Rich -
Richard Feynman lecture: The pleasure of finding things out
Vincent -
Summary of the First International XMRV Workshop (pdf)

Contact

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TWiV #101 (55 MB .mp3, 76 minutes)

TWiV 100: TWiV catches a big fish

On episode #100 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich celebrate the 100th episode by talking about viruses with Nobel Laureate David Baltimore.

Host links Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Rich Condit, and David Baltimore

Links for this episode:baltimore_striper

Weekly science picks:

Alan - TimeTree
Rich -
The neurons that shaped civilization
Vincent - Ahead of the Curve: David Baltimore's Life in Science by Shane Crotty

Contact

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TWiV #100 (68 MB .mp3, 94 minutes)

TWiV 99: ICAAC Boston 2010

On episode #99 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent tours the 50th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), speaking with exhibitors and visitors, including Professors Derek Smith, Michael Schmidt, Frederick Hayden, and Myra McClure.

Host links Vincent Racaniello

twiv99collageLinks for this episode:

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TWiV #99 (47 MB .mp3, 62 minutes)

 

TWiV 98: Murine musings, electric shirts, and rabid pathologists

On episode #98 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich review the finding of murine leukemia virus-related sequences in the blood of CFS patients and healthy donors, laboratory inventories for wild poliovirus containment, weaving high-performance viral batteries into fabric for the military, and a case of human rabies in Indiana.

Host links Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Rich Condit

Links for this episode:xmrv_pmrv

Weekly science picks:

Alan - NCBI ROFL
Rich -
The Great Bridge by David McCullough
Vincent - Dr. Rous' Prize-Winning Chicken

Contact

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TWiV #98 (58 MB .mp3, 90 minutes)

TWiV 97: California virology

On episode #97 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent visited Peter Sarnow and Bert Semler during a trip to California, and spoke with them about their work on internal ribosome entry, and the requirement for a cellular microRNA for hepatitis C virus replication.

Host links Vincent Racaniello, Peter Sarnow, and Bert Semler

Links for this episode:sarnow_semler

  • Eukaryotic mRNAs that might contain an IRES (PNAS)
  • Modulation of HCV RNA abundance by a liver-specific microRNA (Science)
  • Viral small RNAs (PLoS Pathogens)
  • Bridging IRES elements to the translation apparatus (Biochim Biophys Acta)
  • A nucleo-cytoplasmic SR protein functions in viral IRES mediated translation (EMBO J)
  • Nuclear vs cytoplasmic routes to IRES mediated translation (Trends in Microbiology)
  • Letter read on TWiV 97

Contact

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TWiV #97 (66 MB .mp3, 91 minutes)

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