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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 242: I want my MMTV

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The complete TWiV team talks about how two different viruses shape the evolution of an essential housekeeping protein.

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Weekly Science Picks

Dickson - Mantid images
Kathy -
No email? (phd comics)
Alan -
The turbid plaque
Vincent
- AAM Faq: West Nile Virus
Rich - Science is awesome

Listener Pick of the Week

Luis - Public Health Image Library
Stephen - Hopkins closes graduate science-writing program

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TWiV 241: The ferret looks ill

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan, Rich and Kathy review how human placental trophoblasts confer viral resistance via exosome-mediated delivery of microRNAs, and isolation of the first human influenza virus in 1933.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Bats use blood to reshape tongue
Alan - 
Science Studio
Vincent - Steel bacteriophage lamp
Rich - Nobel Prize Chemistry 2009 (pdf); By ribosome possessed

Listener Pick of the Week

Joe - Grand challenges in science education (Science)
Mark - Weather Underground

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TWiV 240: Virology in Vermont

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Markus Thali and Jason Botten

Vincent travels to the University of Vermont to talk with Markus and Jason about their work on HIV, influenza virus, arenaviruses and hantaviruses.

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TWiV 239: Filterable camels

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Matt Frieman

Matt joins Vincent, Alan, and Rich to summarize what we know and what we do not know about the MERS coronavirus.

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Weekly Science Picks

Matt - The Kid Should See This
Alan - 
Cassini to photograph Earth
Vincent -Cockroaches! (YouTube)
Rich - Sydney Brenner (Web of Stories)

Listener Pick of the Week

Ebrahim - Virus Hunter by CJ Peters and Mark Olshaker

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TWiV 238: Lost in translation

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Rich and Kathy discuss mechanisms of protein synthesis and regulation in virus-infected cells.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Vaccine-preventable outbreaks
Rich
-  To Catch a Virus by John Booss and Marilyn J. August
Vincent - This is Water by David Foster Wallace 

Listener Pick of the Week

Jon - Confessions of a converted lecturer by Eric Mazur
Peter - FameLab

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TWiV 237: Paleovirology with Michael Emerman

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Rich Condit

Guest: Michael Emerman

Vincent and Rich recorded this episode at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA, where they met up with Michael to talk about his work on the molecular and evolutionary basis of HIV replication and pathogenesis.

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Listener Pick of the Week

Molly - Facts in the case of Dr. Andrew Wakefield

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TWiV 236: Flu gets the VIP treatment

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan and Kathy review novel approaches to preventing influenza virus infection.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Psychology of antivaccinationists
Vincent
-  Virology on Coursera
Kathy - Meteorites through the ages

Listener Pick of the Week

Basel - Self-medication in animals
Sheryl - Noadi's art
Felicity - Survival of the Sickest by Sharon Moalem

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TWiV 235: Live in Edmonton, eh?

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Rich Condit

Guests: Dave Evans, Stan Lemon, and Lorne Tyrrell Vincent and Rich recorded this episode before an audience at the 2nd Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology Symposium at the University of Alberta, where they spoke with Dave, Stan, and Lorne about their work on poxvirus vaccines and recombination, an enveloped picornavirus, antivirals against hepatitis B and C viruses, and supporting virology research in Alberta.

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TWiV 234: Live in Denver

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Kathy Spindler

Guests: Nels Elde and Tom Shenk

Vincent and Kathy recorded this episode before an audience at the 2013 General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Denver, Colorado, where they spoke with Nels and Tom about their work on the evolution of virus-host conflict and how viruses influence the cell metabolome.

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TWiV 233: We're surrounded

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Rich, Alan and Kathy review aerosol transmission studies of influenza H1N1 x H5N1 reassortants, H7N9 infections in China, and the MERS coronavirus.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Space Oddity (YouTube)
Rich - Walk through giant colon
Vincent
-  Transport proteins
Kathy - Vomiting Larry (YouTube)

Listener Pick of the Week

Tom - US patent system is broken (DailyTech)

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