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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 116: Cocaine, colonies, and chickens

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Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Rich Condit

On episode #116 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Dickson, Alan, and Rich review an adenovirus-based vaccine strategy against drug addiction, a field trial of RNAi to prevent Israeli acute paralysis virus infection in honeybees, and suppression of avian influenza transmission in transgenic chickens.

Right click to download TWiV #116 (64 MB .mp3, 89 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Dickson - Brian Deer's investigation of the Wakefield and MMR vaccine
Rich -
Photographic periodic table of the elements
Alan - Year of the bat (site one and site two)
Vincent - EteRNA (NY Times article)

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TWiV 115: Color me infected

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Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan DoveRich Condit, and Marc Pelletier

Vincent, Alan, Rich and Marc discuss the finding that a limited number of incoming herpesviral genomes can replicate and express in a cell, and controlling viral replication in Aedes aegypti with a Wolbachia symbiont.

Right click to download TWiV #115 (84 MB .mp3, 117 minutes). Subscribe to TWiV (free) in iTunes , at the Zune Marketplace, by the RSS feed, or by email, or listen on your mobile device with Stitcher Radio.

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Weekly Science Picks

Marc - Homebrew bioreactor (photo, movie) - culture bottle and drive, oil-free vacuum pumps
Rich -
Logitech Harmony Universal Remote
Alan - H.M.S. Challenger Reports
Vincent - Sequence of the strawberry genome and blog post by lead author

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TWiV 114: Ten out of '10

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Vincent, Alan, and Rich revisit ten compelling virology stories of 2010.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Rich Condit

Right click to download TWiV #114 (64 MB .mp3, 88 minutes).

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Ten virology stories of 2010:vaccinia_plaque

  1. XMRV, CFS, and prostate cancer (TWiV 113, 99, 98, 94, 89, 76, 70, 65)
  2. The ongoing saga of polio eradication (TWiV 110, 79)
  3. Viruses interact with the miRNA/siRNA system (TWiV 108, 72)
  4. Endogenous viruses - retro and beyond (TWiV 105, 91, 88, 65)
  5. Dengue virus progress and new outbreak (TWiV 111, 95, 82)
  6. Colony collapse disorder (TWiV 104)
  7. David Baltimore (TWiV 100)
  8. Ode to a plaque (TWiV 68)
  9. Vaccine contamination with circovirus (TWiV 86, 77, 75)
  10. Universal influenza vaccines (TWiV 107)

Weekly Science Picks

Rich - Elementary schoolchildren publish a science paper (original article and editorial with video) - thanks Kathy!
Alan - White-nose syndrome blog
Vincent - Headway, headlines and healthy skepticism

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TWiV 113: Alan Rein on XMRV

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Vincent, Alan, and Rich discuss the retrovirus XMRV with retrovirologist Alan Rein of the National Cancer Institute.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan DoveRich Condit, and Alan Rein

Right click to download TWiV #113 (55 MB .mp3, 76 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Rich - Word Lens
Alan - Tetenal Press Kit
Vincent - In the pipeline and Things I won't work with by Derek Lowe

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TWiV 112: Creating a killer poxvirus

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On episode 112 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich review the making of a virulent poxvirus by insertion of the gene encoding IL-4, and severe 2009 H1N1 influenza due to pathogenic immune complexes.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Rich Condit

Download TWiV #112 (71 MB .mp3, 98 minutes). To download, right-click or control-click on the link, then select save as.

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Weekly Science Picks

Rich - The Scientist's Top 10 Innovations 2010
Alan - Avian Vocalizations Center
Vincent - Microbial soap from Cleaner Science (thanks, Nadia!)

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TWiV 111: Live at Florida Gulf Coast University

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On episode #111 of the podcast This Week in Virology, the TWiV crew meets with members of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District at Florida Gulf Coast University to discuss dengue in Florida and how to control it.

Host links Vincent Racaniello, Alan DoveRich Condit, Ed Fussell, Andrea Leal, and Amy Sargent

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Weekly science picks:

Rich - At the Bench, A Laboratory Navigator by Kathy Barker
Alan - DEEP Indonesia Underwater Photo Contest 2010 Winners
Vincent -
HHMI resources for early-career scientists

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    TWiV 110: CSI virology

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    On episode #110 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, Rich, and Dickson discuss bacteria that can utilize arsenic in place of phosphorus, the passing of Frank Fenner, polio outbreak in The Congo, solving criminal cases of HIV transmission, and classifying viruses by capsid structure.

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

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    Weekly science picks:

    Dickson - CDC's West Nile virus case count for 2010
    Rich -
    The red bees of Red Hook
    Alan - Arsenic-based life at XKCD
    Vincent -
    PLoS iPad app

    Contact

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    TWiV #110 (68 MB .mp3, 93 minutes)

    TWiV 109: Virología en México

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    On episode #109 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent visits Mexico City and speaks with Rosa Maria del Angel and Ana Lorena Gutiérrez about virology in Mexico, and their work on dengue and caliciviruses.

    Host links Vincent Racaniello, Rosa Maria del Angel, and Ana Lorena Gutiérrez

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    Weekly science picks:

    Lorena - Caliciviruses by Hansman, Jiang, and Green
    Vincent -
    Insights into dengue virus genome replication by Alcaraz-Estrada, Yocupicio, and del Angel

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    TWiV #109 (58 MB .mp3, 80 minutes)

    TWiV 108: Barking up the right Tre

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    On episode #108 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, Rich, and Saul review the evolution of HIV-1 specific recombinases, and down-regulation of a host microRNA by a viral noncoding RNA.

    Host links Vincent Racaniello, Alan DoveRich Condit, and Saul Silverstein

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    Weekly science picks:

    Rich - Where cinema and biology meet
    Alan - Qiagen iApp
    Vincent -
    Ask a biologist

    Contact

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    TWiV #108 (64 MB .mp3, 89 minutes)

    TWiV 107: Warning - this virus contains email

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    On episode #107 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Dickson, Alan, and Rich answer listener questions about poliovirus, social media, dengue, influenza, evolution, gel filtration, and much more.

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

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    Weekly science picks:

    Rich - Protein Synthesis: An epic on the cellular level
    Dickson - The Patchwork Mouse by Joseph R. Hixson
    Alan - Bill Hammack's engineering videos
    Vincent -
    Visual Science (thanks, Svetlana)

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    TWiV #107 (68 MB .mp3, 94 minutes)

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