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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 61: Original antigenic sin

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On episode 61 of the podcast "This Week in Virology", Vincent and Dick muse about the symbiotic bacterium,Wolbachia, that protects flies from viral infection, the origin of 2009 influenza H1N1 virus, and the lure of original antigenic sin.

Host links Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

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TWiV 60: Making viral RNA

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Vincent and Dickson continue Virology 101 with a discussion of how RNA viruses produce mRNA and replicate their genomes.

Host links Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

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TWiV 59: Dog bites virus

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A TWiV panel of five considers the finding of Streptococcus pneumoniae in fatal H1N1 cases in Argentina, hysteria in the Ukraine over pandemic influenza, and human vaccinia infection after contact with a raccoon rabies vaccine bait.

Host links Vincent RacanielloAlan DoveRich ConditGustavo Palacios, and Mady Hornig

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TWiV #59 (58 MB .mp3, 80 minutes)

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TWiV 58: Nipah virus in ferrets

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Vincent, Dick, and Alan are joined by emergency medicine physician Dr. Joshua Stillman to talk about passive antibody therapy for Nipah infection in ferrets, annual influenza immunization of children, facemasks to prevent influenza, predicting dengue outbreaks by the weather, and the amazing viral communities in an icy Antarctic lake.

Host links Vincent Racaniello, Dick Despommier, Alan Dove, and Joshua Stillman

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TWiV #58 (52 MB .mp3, 73 minutes)

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TWiV 57: Virology in high school

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Vincent visits Scotch Plains – Fanwood High School and talks about viruses with high school biology students.

Host links: Vincent Racaniello

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TWiV 56: Perspicuously perspicacious

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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

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TWiV 55: Mice lie, monkeys exaggerate

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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.

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An Epidemic of Fear and Misinformants at Wired Magazine

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TWiV 54: Professor Lynn Enquist, virology luminary

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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.

 

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TWiV 53: The ends justify the means

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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.

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TWiV 52: Scott Hammer, MD on AIDS vaccines

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

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