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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 86: Dark matter with Dr. Eric Delwart

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On episode #86 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Rich travel to the Blood Systems Research Institute in San Francisco to speak with Eric Delwart about his work on virus discovery.

Host links Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, and Eric Delwart

Links for this episode:edelwart

Weekly science picks:

Rich - Google Crisis Response - Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
Vincent
- HHMI resources for teachers and students (thanks, Jim!)
Eric - Vaccine by Arthur Allen

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TWiV 85: Hepatitis C virus with Professor Michael Gale

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On episode #85 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Michael Gale discuss the origin, pathogenesis, prevention, of hepatitis C virus, and how it evades innate immune responses.

Host links Vincent Racaniello and Michael Gale

Links for this episode:gale

  • The Gale Laboratory at the University of Washington
  • Incredible view from the Gale laboratory (jpg)
  • Evasion and disruption of innate immune signalling by hepatitis C and West Nile viruses (review)
  • New potent HCV inhibitor
  • HCV virion and genome structures at ViralZone

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TWiV #85 (40 MB .mp3, 56 minutes)

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TWiV 84: Gators go viral

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On episode #84 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Rich spoke with Dave Bloom and Grant McFadden about their work on herpesviruses and poxviruses in this episode recorded before an audience at the University of Florida, Gainesville - home of the Gators.

Host links Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Dave Bloom, and Grant McFadden

Links for this episode:viral gator

Weekly science picks:

Rich - Charles F. Littlewood photographs
Vincent
- Not so humble pie (thanks, Sophie!)
Grant - The Strangest Man by Graham Farmelo
David - Is Parkinson's Disease a prion disorder?

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TWiV #84 (71 MB .mp3, 99 minutes)

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TWiV 83: An hour with Dr. Kiki

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On episode #83 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, Rich, and special guest Dr. Kirsten Sanford talk about her career in science media, then consider whether smallpox eradication led to the AIDS pandemic, high fidelity RNA synthesis, and a new Ebola virus vaccine.

Host links Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kirsten Sanford

Links for this episode:kirstensanford

Weekly science picks:

Alan - Evernote
Rich - The Knife Man by Wendy Moore
Vincent
- The Pump Handle

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TWiV #83 (66 MB .mp3, 91 minutes)

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TWiV 82: Immunology in silico

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On episode #82 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Rich talk about how thymic selection of T cells might lead to better control of HIV-1 infection, and a mouse model for severe antibody-induced dengue virus disease.

Host links Vincent Racaniello and Rich Condit

Links for this episode:t_cell_differentiation

Weekly science picks:

Rich The Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat: The Story of the Penicillin Miracle by Eric Lax
Vincent Proteopedia (thanks, Erik!)

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TWiV #82 (59 MB .mp3, 82 minutes)

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TWiV 81: Be a virus, see the world

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On episode #81 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Rich answer listener questions on viruses and gluten allergy, RNA silencing, influenza virus, herpes simplex virus, HIV/AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, manicure salons, and the koala tea of Marseilles.

Host links Vincent Racaniello and Rich Condit

Links for this episode:be_a_virus

Weekly science picks:

Rich Google Chrome browser 'speed test' (and how it was made)
Vincent Inside the Outbreaks by Mark Pendergrast

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TWiV #81 (68 MB .mp3, 94 minutes)

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TWiV 80: How much X could a woodchuck chuck?

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On episode #80 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich speak with Michael Bouchard about hepatitis B virus discovery, replication, and pathogenesis.

Host links Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Michael Bouchard

Links for this episode:hbv

Weekly science picks:

Rich PBS Frontline: The Vaccine War
Alan
Readability
Vincent Starswarm by Jerry Pournelle

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

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TWiV 79: Red hot chili viruses

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On episode #79 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Alan converse about making published science accessible to everyone, global eradication of poliomyelitis, and whether a plant virus can cause disease in humans.

Host links Vincent Racaniello and Alan Dove

Links for this episode:red_hot_chili_viruses

Weekly science picks:

Alan Data.gov
Vincent foldit

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TWiV #79 (51 MB .mp3, 71 minutes)

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TWiV 78: Darwin gets weird

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On episode #78 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, Dickson, and Rich talk about treating arthritis with a tanapox virus protein, Darwinian evolution of prions in cell culture, and the connection between cold weather fronts and outbreaks of avian H5N1 influenza in Europe.

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

Links for this episode:darwin_prions

Weekly science picks:

Dickson Medical News Today: Infectious Diseases and Eaarth by Bill McKibben
Rich U can with Beakman and Jax by Jok Church

Alan UnderwaterTimes
Vincent The Reef Tank

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TWiV #78 (53 MB .mp3, 73 minutes)

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TWiV 77: Non-nuclear proliferation

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On episode #77 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich revisit circovirus contamination of Rotarix, then discuss poxvirus-like replication of mimivirus in the cell cytoplasm, and whether seasonal influenza immunization increases the risk of infection with the 2009 H1N1 pandemic virus.

Host links Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Rich Condit

Links for this episode:mimivirus in cytoplasm

Weekly science picks:

Rich The Way We Work by David Macaulay
Alan DimDim
Vincent Polio: An American Story by David Oshinsky

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TWiV #77 (60 MB .mp3, 83 minutes)

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