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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.
Vincent, Dickson, Alan, Rich, and Kathy review two papers that present evidence for RNA interference as an antiviral immunity mechanism in mammals.
Download TWiV 256 (70 MB .mp3, 96 min)
Dickson - Wildlife Photographers of the Year 2013
Kathy - John Holland's Emerging Infectious Disease lecture (YouTube)
Alan - The worst part is not
Rich - The Universe in a Single Atom by Dalai Lama (Mind and Life Institute)
Vincent - The Truth about T. Rex by Brian Switek
Vincent and Rich visit the University of Texas at Austin and meet up with Bob and Chris to talk about their work on influenza virus and microRNAs.
Download TWiV 255 (54 MB .mp3, 74 min)
Vincent, Dickson, Alan, and Kathy review clearance of simian immunodeficiency virus infection from macaques by immunization with SIV proteins encoded in a rhesus cytomegalovirus vector.
Download TWiV 254 (69 MB .mp3, 95 min)
In this second consecutive all-email episode, the complete TWiV team reads questions and comments from listeners about systemic antiviral responses, wild type poliovirus in Israel, Turkish scientists, viral symbiotes, and much more.
Download TWiV 253 (101 MB .mp3, 122 min)
Dickson - HD slow motion montage (YouTube)
Kathy - Damselflies and Eyewitness app
Alan - Space weather forecast (YouTube)
Rich - 1984 by George Orwell (Doublethink)
Vincent - PopSci comments off and Why so few women in science?
Download TWiV 252 (73 MB .mp3, 101 min)
Peter - PDB-101
Download TWiV 251 (71 MB .mp3, 98 min)
Download TWiV 250 (67 MB .mp3, 92 min)
Adam - Virology Fact of the Day
Christophe - dr Karl
Vincent, Dickson, Alan and Rich discuss an estimate of the number of different mammalian viruses on Earth.
Download TWiV 249 (66 MB .mp3, 91 min)
Vincent, Dickson, and Rich reveal how experiments with a malaria parasite lead to the introduction of a mammalian retrovirus into birds.
Download TWiV 248 (75 MB .mp3, 103 min)
Saira - Reproducibility Initiative
Special guest: Ian Lipkin
Ian joins Vincent, Alan, Rich, and Kathy to describe how his laboratory is searching for the origin of MERS-coronavirus.
Download TWiV 247 (80 MB .mp3, 130 min)
Frank - Pacifier cleaning practices and risk of allergy development (Pediatrics)