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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 268: Transmission is inevitable

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Kathy Spindler, and Ashlee Bennett

Vincent, Alan, Kathy, and Ashlee discuss fomites in physicians offices, plant virus factories involved in aphid transmission, and clues from the bat genome about flight and immunity.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Jean-Luc Doumont (slides, communicating science, website, Scitable)
Alan - Wireless thermometer
Vincent - Rethinking the airline boarding pass

Listener Pick of the Week

Jessica - Knit icosahedron
Robert - Practical computing for biologists by Haddock and Dunn
Stephen - Fourteen years of US weather (YouTube)

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TWiV 267: Snow in the headlights

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

Vincent, Alan, Rich and Kathy review a protease essential for influenza pathogenesis in mice, and directionality of rhinovirus RNA exit from the capsid.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Amazing maps
Alan - Florida to NJ in 156 seconds (YouTube)
Rich - Whiteout over Great Lakes from Space
Vincent - LORiOLA viral necklaces

Listener Pick of the Week

Carol - Knit picornavirus
Robert - RNA: Life's Indispensible Molecule by James Darnell,
and Biochemical Pathways by Michal and Schomburg

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TWiV 266: A pathogenic vicious cycle

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan, and Kathy discuss finding viruses in outer space, varying results obtained from personal genetic testing, and depletion of CD4 cells during HIV infection by pyroptosis.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - 17 mundane things, mind blowing views
Alan - Snowovel
Vincent - Public's views on human evolution

Listener Pick of the Week

Emily - Dengue pillow 

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TWiV 265: This year in virology

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

In their final episode of the year, the TWiV team reviews ten compelling virology stories from 2013.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Women in Science
Alan - Contagium
Rich - RC helicopter (demo)
Vincent - The athletic power of quadcopters

Listener Pick of the Week

Lindsay - Alcohol consumption and vaccines (Vaccine)
Johnye - The Singing Microbiologist

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TWiV 264: We should do an all email show some day

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiVites read listener questions and comments about public engagement in science, vaccines, RNAi, reprogramming CD8 cells to treat cancer, rabies, and much more.

Download TWiV 264 (72 MB .mp3, 100 min)

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Sorting algorithms visualized
Alan - Stratodean
Rich - Art in Science by Polyxeni Potter
Vincent - Pixel Genes

Listener Pick of the Week

Judi - Olympus BioScapes Winner

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TWiV 263: Game of clones

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan DoveRich Condit, Kathy Spindler, and Ben tenOever

Ben joins the TWiV team to reveal the winner of his contest in which influenza viruses carrying different interferon-stimulated genes vie against one another in mice.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - The Brain Scoop, esp. Where My Ladies At
Alan - Say 'hi' to a spaceship (YouTube)
Rich - Garmin BlueChart Mobile and Active Captain
Vincent - Journal boycott (one, two)
Dickson - Futurescape TV show

Listener Pick of the Week

Luis - Spillover by David Quammen
Ken - Gravity

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TWiV 262: Wrong form, right professor

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Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Ann Palmenberg

Vincent returns to the University of Wisconsin - Madison to speak with Ann Palmenberg about her career in virology.

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TWiV 261: Giants among viruses

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and James Van Etten

Guests: Chantal Abergel and Jean-Michel Claverie

Vincent meets up with Chantal and Jean-Michel at the first International Symposium on Giant Virus Biology in Tegernsee, Germany, to discuss their work on Mimivirus, Megavirus, and Pandoravirus.

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TWiV 260: Badgers go viral

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Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Tom Friedrich, Tony Goldberg, and David O'Connor

Vincent visits the University of Wisconsin, Madison and speaks with Tom, Tony, and David about their work on virus discovery at the AIDS Vaccine Research Laboratory.

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TWiV 259: Windows into the soul of a cell

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Rich Condit

Guest: Jaquelin Dudley

Vincent and Rich join Jackie at the University of Texas, Austin to talk about her work on mouse mammary tumor virus.

 Download TWiV 259 (63 MB .mp3, 87 min)

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