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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.
Guest: Nina Martin
Nina Martin joins the TWiV team to talk about the movie Vaxxed, her bout with dengue fever, and the latest research on Zika virus.
Download TWiV 387 (69 MB .mp3, 96 min)
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Nina - Vaccines and Your Child by Paul Offit and Charlotte Moser
Dickson - The animals of Chernobyl
Alan - Five rules of lab safety
Kathy - 20 best science images of the year?
Vincent - Massive undersea crab swarm
Ted and Welkin inform the TWiV team how the evolution of ancient retroviruses can be inferred by studying their sequences in the genomes of modern mammals, and join in a discussion of virus dispersal during different methods for drying hands.
Download TWiV 386 (86 MB .mp3, 119 min)
Guest: Stuart Firestein
Stuart joins Vincent and Dickson to talk about his sequel to Ignorance, a book called Failure, which seeks to make science more appealing by revealing its faults.
Download TWiV 385 (83 MB .mp3, 115 min)
Nischay and Ian join the TWiVions to discuss mass die-offs of tilapia by a novel orthomyxo-like virus, Ian's editorial on the movie Vaxxed, and new vaccines to prevent dengue virus infections, including a human challenge model.
Download TWiV 384 (76 MB .mp3, 105 min)
Rich - Dune by Frank Herbert
Alan - Adult vaccination video contest
Dickson - Ski town greenhouse
Vincent - Preprint servers: Force awakens or revenge of undead?
Guest: Esper Kallas
Esper and the Merry TWiXters analyze the latest data on Zika virus and microcephaly in Brazil, and discuss publications on a mouse model for disease, infection of a fetus, mosquito vector competence, and the cryo-EM structure of the virus particle.
Download TWiV 383 (90 MB .mp3, 125 min)
Esper - The Chaos by Gérard Nolst Trenité (pronunciation guide) and HIV pathogenesis course
Alan - Science Kombat
Dickson - Four steps to wiping out a mosquito
Vincent - Public lacks information on Zika virus
Kathy - Zika virus cryo-EM structure video
Nels and Ed join the TWiV team to talk about their observation that regulation of the human interferon response depends on regulatory sequences that were co-opted millions of years ago from endogenous retroviruses.
Download TWiV 382 (82 MB .mp3, 114 min)
Nels - Don't Get Me Started - Matt Giorgianni
Alan - Sun's magnetic field (paper)
Dickson - Most realistic dinosaur terrifies
Vincent - Top secret!
Kathy - Zika virus risk for US 50 cities (paper)
Ed - Watching comb jellies poop
Guest: Carl Zimmer
Carl Zimmer joins the TWiV team to talk about his career in science writing, the real meaning of copy-paste, science publishing, the value of Twitter, preprint servers, his thoughts on science outreach, and much more.
Download TWiV 381 (86 MB .mp3, 119 min)
Carl - Surprising benefit of viral DNA
Alan - Global ship traffic
Dickson - Music with 2000 marbles
Vincent - The whiteboard revolution
Kathy - How to interpret UK and American advisors
Rich - Carina Storrs, science writer
The TWiVeroos deliver the weekly Zika Report, then talk about a cryoEM structure of a plant virus that reveals how the RNA genome is packaged in the capsid, and MIMIVIRE, a CRISPR-like defense system in giant eukaryotic viruses.
Download TWiV 380 (80 MB .mp3, 110 min)
Guest: Scott Tibbetts
Scott Tibbetts joins the TWiVists to describe his work on the role of a herpesviral nocoding RNA in establishment of peripheral latency, and then we visit two last minute additions to the Zika virus literature.
Download TWiV 379 (85 MB .mp3, 115 min)
Greg Smith joins the TWiVirate to reveal how his lab discovered a switch that controls herpesvirus neuroinvasion, and then we visit the week's news about Zika virus.
Download TWiV 378 (87 MB .mp3, 119 min)
Alan - Science byline counting project
Dickson - Bill Nye on climate change
Vincent - Zdziarski's blog of things (Apple's motion to vacate)
Greg - Atlas, the next generation
Kathy - Sources of Chaco wood
Mark - How Dogs Love Us by Gregory Berns
Bohdan - The real reason for brains