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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 56: Perspicuously perspicacious

Vincent, Dick, Alan, and Cliff answer questions from listeners on swine influenza origins, transmission, virulence, and vaccines, HIV and AIDS, and more.

Host links: Vincent RacanielloDick DespommierAlan Dove, and Cliff Mintz

Links for this episode:

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Weekly Science Picks

Dick 27" iMac and Powers of Ten by Philip Morrison and Phyllis Morrison
Alan ImageMagick
Cliff
ePatient Connections 2009
Vincent
Cell size and scale

Contact

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TWiV #56 (57 MB .mp3, 82 minutes)

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TWiV 55: Mice lie, monkeys exaggerate

 

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDick DespommierAlan Dove, Jason Rodriguez, and Rich Condit

The largest TWiV panel ever assembled takes on XMRV and chronic fatigue syndrome, 2009 chemistry Nobel prizes for ribosome structure, finding new poxvirus vaccine candidates, a brouhaha over leaked Canadian data on flu susceptibility, and transmission of H1N1 influenza to a pet ferret.

Links for this episode:flying-turkey

Weekly Science Picks

Dick Nikon photomicroscopy contest winners at SciAm (Dick's article on vertical farming)
Alan Make:
Rich BBC's Planet Earth (DVD at Amazon)
Jason The Collider, the Particle and a Theory About Fate
Vincent
An Epidemic of Fear and Misinformants at Wired Magazine

Contact

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TWiV #55 (63 MB .mp3, 87 minutes)

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TWiV 54: Professor Lynn Enquist, virology luminary

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Lynn Enquist

Vincent speaks with Lynn Enquist about his career in virology, moving from academia to industry and back. Along the way he did pioneering research on bacteriophage, participated in the birth of recombinant DNA technology, and studied herpesviruses.

 

Links for this episode:enquist-xian

Weekly Science Picks

Lynn Francis Crick: Hunter of Life's Secrets by Robert Olby
Vincent ViralZone

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TWiV #54 (63 MB .mp3, 87 minutes)

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TWiV 53: The ends justify the means

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dick Despommier, and Alan Dove

Vincent, Dick, and Alan talk about Nobel prizes for telomere research, bacteriophages that protect aphids from wasps, salicylates and pandemic influenza mortality, and hand washing.

Links for this episode:telomere_caps

Weekly Science Picks

Alan scienceline
Dick
Younger by Judith Sulzberger MD
Vincent FluView

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TWiV #53 (45 MB .mp3, 62 minutes)

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TWiV 52: Scott Hammer, MD on AIDS vaccines

HostsVincent Racaniello and Scott Hammer, MD

Vincent and Dr. Scott Hammer talk about different types of AIDS vaccines and how they are tested in clinical trials.

Links for this episode:scott-hammer-md

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TWiV #52 (51 MB .mp3, 73 minutes)

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TWiV 51: ALVAC-HIV and AIDSVAX B/E

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDick Despommier, and Alan Dove

Vincent, Dick, and Alan (with a cameo appearance by Rich Condit) review the world’s largest Phase III study of a complex HIV vaccine candidate in Thailand, immunization of salmon against infectious salmon anemia virus, and an outbreak of blueberry shock virus in Michigan.

Links for this episode:thailand

Weekly Science Picks

Alan Bat Rabies and Other Lyssavirus Infections
Dick Boosting Vaccines: The Power of Adjuvants
(Scientific American; subscription required)
Vincent The Ig Nobel Prizes
by Marc Abrahams

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TWiV #51 (60 MB .mp3, 84 minutes)

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TWiV 50: XMRV

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Jason Rodriguez

Vincent and Jason review influenza 2009 H1N1 vaccine trials and protection against the virus conferred by the 1976 swine flu vaccine, then move on to a virus called XMRV and its possible role in prostate cancer.

Links for this episode:swine_flu1_1

 

Weekly Science Picks

Jason Glass Microbiology
Vincent FluWeb Influenza Historical Resources Database

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TWiV #50 (54 MB .mp3, 74 minutes)

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TWiV 49: Viral genomes

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dick Despommier

Vincent and Dick continue Virology 101 with a discussion of the seven different types of viral genomes, and how to use the pathway to mRNA to understand viral replication.

 

Links for this episode:baltimore-classification-300x230

 

Weekly Science Picks

Dick Discovery Channel: Planet Green
Vincent Influenza videos at BigThink: onetwothreefourfivesix

 

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TWiV #49 (58 MB .mp3, 62 minutes)

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TWiV 48: Outbreaks near you

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dick DespommierAlan Dove, and Rich Condit

Vincent, Dick, Alan and Rich revisit a vaccinia virus lab accident and viral vaccines produced in plants, then talk about an iPhone app to track infectious diseases, flying foxes, and an inhaled measles vaccine.

Links for this episode:outbreaks-near-me

 

Weekly Science Picks

 

Rich Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
Dick Eliot Porter at the Carter Museum and bookstore at Amazon
Alan Dr. Clarke's H1N1 rap at the HHS sponsored YouTube contest
Vincent Coast to Coast Bio Podcast

 

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TWiV #48 (58 MB .mp3, 79 minutes)

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TWiV 47: Vertical vaccine farm

Hosts : Vincent Racaniello and Dick Despommier

Vincent and Dick discuss influenza virus-like particle vaccines produced in insect and plant cells, rapid sharing of influenza research, and answer listener questions about cytomegalovirus, viral evolution and symbiosis and much more.

Links for this episode:nicotiana_benthamiana_plant

Weekly Science Picks

Vincent Bionumbers
Dick Ocean: An Illustrated Atlas by Sylvia A. Earle, Linda K. Glover

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TWiV #47 (51 MB .mp3, 71 minutes)

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