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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 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

Links for this episode:alan

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

Links for this episode:twiv109

Weekly science picks:

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

Contact

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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

Links for this episode:twiv

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

Links for this episode:viral_email

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)

Contact

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

TWiV 106: Making viral DNA II

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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

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  • 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

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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

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

TWiV 104: The colony-collapse blues

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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

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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

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

TWiV 102: Catch me if you can in Munich

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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!)

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

TWiV 101: Sizing up adenovirus

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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)

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

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