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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 312: She sells B cells

The TWiVbolans discuss the finding that human noroviruses, major causes of gastroenteritis, can for the first time be propagated in B cell cultures, with the help of enteric bacteria.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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This episode of TWiV is brought to you by the Department of Microbiology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Composed of over 20 virology labs, all centralized in one building in the heart of New York City, this department is a perfect fit for anyone with an interest in pursuing virus research. The Department is presently looking to recruit any prospective graduate students to apply to our program by the December 1st deadline. Interested postdocs are also encouraged to contact faculty of interest. For more information about the Department, please visit www.mssm.edu/MIC.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - How Ebola airlifts work
Kathy - Fred Murphy's Foundations of Virology
RichPendulum wave
DicksonYoung Dipterists
Vincent - Microbes After Hours: Ebola and TWiV iPhone 6 case

Listener Pick of the Week

Alane - Health Map
Todd - Formaldehyde in vaccines

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TWiV 311: Bulldogs go viral

Vincent visits the University of Georgia where he speaks with Zhen Fu and Biao He about their work on rabies virus and paramyxoviruses.

 

Host: Vincent Racaniello. Guests: Zhen Fu and Biao He 

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TWiV 310: From bacteriophage to retroviruses with Ann Skalka

Vincent and Glenn meet up with Ann and talk about her long and productive career in virology, from biochemistry to bacteriophage lambda to retroviruses.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Glenn Rall

Guest: Ann Skalka

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TWiV 309: Ebola email

The TWiVocytes answer questions about Ebola virus, including mode of transmission, quarantine, incubation period, immunity, and much more.

 Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

 

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - CDC Influenza activity weekly maps
Kathy - Going Deep with David Rees
Rich - Virology Special Issue: Giant Viruses
Dickson - Nikon Small World Winners
Vincent - TWiM #90 and Republicans are not scientists

Listener Pick of the Week

Paul - Tricks and Tools of Great Scientists
Yegor - Hardcore History
Amanda - Vaccine ingredients; Anti-vaxers damage; Minds of anti-vaxers

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TWiV 308: The Running Mad Professor

Tom talks with Vincent about viral central nervous system infections of global importance, Ebola virus, and running the fastest marathon dressed as a doctor.

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Tom Solomon

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TWiV 307: Ebola aetiology

Tara Smith joins the TWiEBOVsters to discuss the Ebola virus outbreak in west Africa, spread of the disease to and within the US, transmission of the virus, and much more.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Tara C. Smith

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Fall foliage map
Kathy - Interviews with Peter Piot (one, two) and autobiography
Vincent - The Ebola connection

Listener Pick of the Week

Brooke - N.B. Designs on Etsy
Victor - SMBC

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TWiV 306: This Week in Ebolavirus

 

The Grand Masters of the TWiV discuss Ebola virus transmission, air travel from West Africa, Ebola virus infectivity on surfaces, the Dallas Ebola virus patient, and Ebola virus in dogs.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

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This episode of TWiV is brought to you by the Department of Microbiology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Composed of over 20 virology labs, all centralized in one building in the heart of New York City, this department is a perfect fit for anyone with an interest in pursuing virus research. The Department is presently looking to recruit any prospective graduate students to apply to our program by the December 1st deadline. Interested postdocs are also encouraged to contact faculty of interest. For more information about the Department, please visit www.mssm.edu/MIC.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
Kathy - Seeing the Invisible
Vincent - 
2014 Scientific American Science in Action Award winner

Listener Pick of the Week

Mauricio - Investigating a mystery disease
Heather - Diversity Journal Club
Johnye - Flu Attack!

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TWiV 305: Rhymes with shinola

Vincent, Alan, and Kathy continue their coverage of the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, with a discussion of case fatality ratio, reproductive index, a conspiracy theory, and spread of the virus to the United States.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

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This episode of TWiV is brought to you by the Department of Microbiology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Composed of over 20 virology labs, all centralized in one building in the heart of New York City, this department is a perfect fit for anyone with an interest in pursuing virus research. The Department is presently looking to recruit any prospective graduate students to apply to our program by the December 1st deadline. Interested postdocs are also encouraged to contact faculty of interest. For more information about the Department, please visit www.mssm.edu/MIC.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Under the knife, episode 1
Kathy - UCSC Ebola genome portal
Vincent - 
Annual Review of Virology, volume 1

Listener Pick of the Week

Alan - H5N1
Peter - Vomiting Larry
Dara - I just can't wait for my vaccine!

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TWiV 304: Given X, solve for EBOV

 The TWiV team consults an epidemiologist to forecast the future scope of the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Jeff Shaman

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Fabre's Book of Insects
Kathy - Origami microscope for 50 cents
Dickson - Landsat 8
Vincent - 
Some advice from Jeff Bezos

Listener Pick of the Week

Justin - Brazil releases 'good' mosquitoes to fight dengue fever

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TWiV 303: Borna this way

The TWiV team discusses transmission of Ebola virus, and inhibition of Borna disease virus replication by viral DNA in the ground squirrel genome.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Photogrammar
Kathy - Refrigerate your tomatoes?
Dickson - Robot swarm
Vincent - The Beginner's guide to winning the Nobel Prize by Peter Doherty

Listener Pick of the Week

Dee - Publish scientific research faster on TWiST
Basel - Lego microscope (vote for it)

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