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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 95: Does a virus shift in the woods?

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On episode #95 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Dickson, Alan, and Rich consider the end of the influenza H1N1 pandemic, dengue in Florida, vaccinia virus infection in Brazilian monkeys, and viruses in the faecal microbiota.

Host links Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Rich Condit

Links for this episode:lajeado_tocantins_brazil

Weekly science picks:

Alan - Families Fighting Flu
Rich -
Food, Inc.
Dickson -  Fuel
Vincent - MIT Open Courseware
Michael -  Waiting for Superman and Can Science Feed the World? (Nature)

Contact

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TWiV #95 (68 MB .mp3, 94 minutes)

TWiV 94: XMRV with Dr. Ila Singh

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On episode #94 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich speak with Ila Singh about the new human retrovirus XMRV, and how her laboratory is studying its association with prostate cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Host links Vincent Racaniello, Alan DoveRich Condit, and Ila Singh

Links for this episode:ila_singh

Weekly science picks:

Alan - The new Federal Register site (see also regulations.gov)
Rich -
The Florida Museum of Nautural History Butterfly Rainforest
Vincent - JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments

Contact

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TWiV #94 (56 MB .mp3, 77 minutes)

TWiV 93: Our infectious inbox

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On episode #93 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich answer listener questions about lab procedures, prokaryotes, endogenous retroviruses, the iPad and teaching, prions, mimivirus, splitting water with viruses, and the polio outbreak in Tajikistan.

Host links Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Rich Condit

Links for this episode:virus_inbox

Weekly science picks:

Alan - Southern Fried Science
Rich -
Tree of Life web project
Vincent - Dickson Despommier at Big Think

Contact

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TWiV #93 (76 MB .mp3, 105 minutes)

TWiV 92: Live at ASV in Bozeman

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Vincent, Rich, Karla, and Marilyn recorded TWiV at the 29th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Virology in Bozeman, where they discussed plant viruses and how they make plants resistant to adverse conditions, and identification of dominant negative drug targets.

Host links Vincent RacanielloRich ConditKarla Kirkegaard, and Marilyn Roosinck

Links for this episode:asv_bozeman

Weekly science picks:

Marilyn - Viruses in the faecal microbiota of monozygotic twins and their mothers (Nature)
Rich -
The Known Universe by the American Museum of Natural History
Vincent - The Red Queen by Matt Ridley (thanks, Jesper!)

Contact

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TWiV #92 (42 MB .mp3, 57 minutes)

TWiV 91; You're an ERVous wreck

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On episode #91 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Dickson, Alan, Rich and Welkin discuss the nature, origin, and evolution of endogenous retroviruses (ERVs), and the recent finding of endogenous filovirus genomes in mammals.

Host links Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Welkin Johnson

Links for this episode:nirvs

Weekly science picks:

Welkin - Advice for a Young Investigator by Santiago Ramon y Cajal
Rich - How microbes define and defend us
Dickson - H1N1 virus lacks 1918 virus killer protein
Alan -
The Xtal Set Society
Vincent - Antibodies and the quest for an AIDS vaccine

Contact

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TWiV #91 (64 MB .mp3, 89 minutes)

TWiV 90: Guano happens

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On episode #90 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, Rich and Eric discuss identification of viruses in Northeastern American bats, vaccinia virus infection after sexual contact with a military vaccinee, and identification of a new flavivirus from an Old World bat in Bangladesh.

Host links Vincent RacanielloAlan DoveRich Condit, and Eric F. Donaldson

Links for this episode:eric_amy_bat

Weekly science picks:

Eric - Year of Darwin by Sean Carroll
Rich -
March of the Penguins
Alan -
Standing-height desks
Vincent - DengueWatch (thanks Richard!)

Contact

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TWiV #90 (64 MB .mp3, 89 minutes)

TWiV 89: Where do viruses vacation?

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On episode #89 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Alan review recent findings on the association of the retrovirus XMRV with ME/CFS, reassortment of 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza virus in swine, and where influenza viruses travel in the off-season.

Host links Vincent Racaniello and Alan Dove

Links for this episode:influenza movement

Weekly science picks:

Alan - Tree of Life graphic
Vincent
- TEDx Oil Spill

Contact

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TWiV #89 (56 MB .mp3, 78 minutes)

TWiV 88: A bug fix, an AIDS treatment, and an undead retrovirus

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On episode #88 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Marc discuss using a virus for beetle control, RNA based gene therapy for AIDS, and reconstitution of a endogenous human retrovirus.

Host links Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Marc Pelletier

Links for this episode:rhino_beetle

Weekly science picks:

Marc - Apple iPad as a tool for writing, with Papers, Pages, and GoodReader
Alan - The Bacterium and the Bacteriophage
Vincent
- Naturally Obsessed (thanks, Sharon!)

Contact

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TWiV #88 (66 MB .mp3, 91 minutes)

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TWiV 87: A PHIREside chat with Professor Graham Hatfull

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On episode #87 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich hear from Professor Graham Hatfull how students in the Phage Hunters Integrating Research and Education (PHIRE) program learn about scientific inquiry by doing research on bacteriophages.

Host links Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Alan Dove, and Graham Hatfull

Links for this episode:edelwart

Weekly science picks:

Rich - CDC Public Health Image Library
Vincent - March of the Microbes by John L. Ingraham
AlanGreat Microbiologists – A Lego Movie
GrahamCoral Reefs in the Microbial Seas by Forest Rohwer

Contact

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TWiV #87 (62 MB .mp3, 86 minutes)

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TWiV 86: Dark matter with Dr. Eric Delwart

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On episode #86 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Rich travel to the Blood Systems Research Institute in San Francisco to speak with Eric Delwart about his work on virus discovery.

Host links Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, and Eric Delwart

Links for this episode:edelwart

Weekly science picks:

Rich - Google Crisis Response - Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
Vincent
- HHMI resources for teachers and students (thanks, Jim!)
Eric - Vaccine by Arthur Allen

Contact

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TWiV #86 (59 MB .mp3, 81 minutes)

Sponsor

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