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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 232: Gophers go viral

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Roberto Cattaneo, Reuben Harris, Lou Mansky, and Leslie Schiff

Vincent meets up with Roberto, Reuben, Lou, and Leslie at the University of Minnesota to talk about their work on HIV-1, APOBEC proteins, measles virus, and teaching virology to undergraduates.

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TWiV 231: Hepaciviruses and pegiviruses in bats and rodents

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Amit Kapoor, Lan Quan, and Ian Lipkin

Vincent meets up with Amit, Lan, and Ian to discuss their discovery of hepaciviruses and pegiviruses in bats and rodents.

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TWiV 230: Gene goes to Washington, flu chickens out

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

Vincent, Rich, Alan and Kathy review H7N9 infections in China, the debate over patenting genes, and receptor-binding by ferret-transmissible avian H5 influenza virus.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - World Science Festival
Rich -
3 years of the sun in 3 minutes
Vincent
-  The Origin of AIDS by Jacques Pepin
Kathy - Wringing out a wet washcloth in space (YouTube)

Listener Pick of the Week

Mark - Will it blend? (iPhone app)
Marianne - Enjoy your Cells

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TWiV 229: Partly cloudy with a high of H7N9

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Dickson Despommier, and Alan Dove

Vincent, Rich, Dickson, and Alan review the current status of human infections with avian influenza H7N9 virus.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Nature PastCast
Rich -
How dengue does it
Vincent
-  Squeaky Squeegee Art by Deb Sklut
Dickson - Agritecture

Listener Pick of the Week

Mike - Chemistry in its element: Elements and Compounds

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TWiV 228: Cal Bears go viral

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Britt Glaunsinger, and Eva Harris

Vincent visits the University of California at Berkeley and speaks with Britt Glaunsinger and Eva Harris about their work on Kaposi's sarcoma associated herpesvirus and dengue virus.

Thanks to the Microbiology Graduate Students for hosting me at their annual symposium, and especially to Emma, Lisa, and Zoe for their wonderful hospitality during my stay.

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TWiV 227: Lacks security and bad poultry

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

The complete TWiV team reviews the controversial publication of the HeLa cell genome, a missing vial of Guanarito virus in a BSL-4 facility, and human infections with avian influenza H7N9 virus.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - NIAID YouTube videos
Alan - Lego insects
Rich -
How to see the world in a grain of sand
Vincent
-  Vaccines, viruses, and the anti-vax movement
Dickson - Edinburgh Science Festival

Listener Pick of the Week

Stephen - Nature iOS app
Mehul - Voices for vaccines

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TWiV 226: Taking the viral A train with Terry Dermody

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Terry Dermody

Vincent and Dickson speak with Terry Dermody about his career in medicine and virology.

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TWiV 225: Transcripts from the inbox

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Rich, and Kathy read listener comments and questions on viral oncotherapy, science communication, a functional HIV cure in an infant, and much more.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Case stories about CoV-EMC (one, two)
Rich - The Self-Illusion by Bruce Hood
Vincent - Moving Targets

Listener Pick of the Week

Liam - eLIFE and Rubriq
Steve - Plant virus ecology (mp3)
Neil - World Immunization Week

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TWiV 224: A wide receiver and a natural defense

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan, Kathy, and Dickson discuss identification of a cell receptor for the coronavirus-EMC, and the role of interferon-epsilon in protecting the female reproductive tract.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - 2013 Intel Science Talent Search awards
Alan - Krebs Cycle Rap (CDC)
Vincent
-  Jetpens (favorite one and two)
Dickson - Rabies death in organ recipients (CDC)

Listener Pick of the Week

Justin - The DNA Store
Jim - Massive Open Online Classrooms
Chris - Feedly

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TWiV 223: EEEV and the serpent

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan, and Kathy discuss new influenza virus NA inhibitors, detection of EEEV antibody and RNA in snakes, and replication of the coronavirus EMC in human airway epithelial cells.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Finkbeiner test and Women in Science
Alan - New flu vaccine efficacy study (CDC)
Vincent
-  Threading the NEIDL video

Listener Pick of the Week

Steve - Prof. Joan Steitz on viral RNA
Ed - Archiving history of molecular biology: Press release, video, CSHL archives and videos

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