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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.
The complete TWiV team talks about how two different viruses shape the evolution of an essential housekeeping protein.
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Host: Vincent Racaniello
Vincent travels to the University of Vermont to talk with Markus and Jason about their work on HIV, influenza virus, arenaviruses and hantaviruses.
Download TWiV 240 (54 MB .mp3, 74 min)
Matt joins Vincent, Alan, and Rich to summarize what we know and what we do not know about the MERS coronavirus.
Download TWiV 239 (74 MB .mp3, 102 min)
Ebrahim - Virus Hunter by CJ Peters and Mark Olshaker
Download TWiV 238 (73 MB .mp3, 101 min)
Guest: Michael Emerman
Vincent and Rich recorded this episode at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA, where they met up with Michael to talk about his work on the molecular and evolutionary basis of HIV replication and pathogenesis.
Download TWiV 237 (59 MB .mp3, 81 min)
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Guests: Dave Evans, Stan Lemon, and Lorne Tyrrell Vincent and Rich recorded this episode before an audience at the 2nd Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology Symposium at the University of Alberta, where they spoke with Dave, Stan, and Lorne about their work on poxvirus vaccines and recombination, an enveloped picornavirus, antivirals against hepatitis B and C viruses, and supporting virology research in Alberta.
Download TWiV 235 (56 MB .mp3, 77 min)
Vincent and Kathy recorded this episode before an audience at the 2013 General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Denver, Colorado, where they spoke with Nels and Tom about their work on the evolution of virus-host conflict and how viruses influence the cell metabolome.
Download TWiV 234 (58 MB .mp3, 81 min)
Download TWiV 233 (71 MB .mp3, 98 min)
Tom - US patent system is broken (DailyTech)