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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 41: Fish flu

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In episode 41 of "This Week in Virology", Vincent RacanielloDick Despommier, Alan Dove and Rich Condit chat about infectious salmon anemia virus, virus-resistant grapevines, virulence of pandemic H1N1 influenza virus, origin of 1918 influenza virus, holy water ban to halt influenza, frequency of human WU and KI polyomavirus infection, rabies in China, and host species of sin nombre virus.

 

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  • Wal-Mart stops buying Chile salmon on virus outbreakisa-lesions
  • Virus-resistant grapevines
  • Virulence of H1N1 pandemic influenza virus in animal models
  • Did 1918 influenza virus originate in birds or not?
  • Holy water ban to halt swine flu
  • Frequent Human Infection with WU and KI Polyomaviruses
  • Rabies in China
  • Increased Host Species Diversity and Decreased Prevalence of Sin Nombre Virus
  • Fast, cheap PCR for crime scenes (thanks Jim!)

Weekly Science Picks

Alan For Love of Insects by Thomas Eisner
Rich Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
Dick
Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Vincent Gallileoscope (thanks Zach!)

 

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TWiV 40: Tamiflu in the water

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In episode 40 of "This Week in Virology", hosts Vincent Racaniello, Dick Despommier, and Alan Dove consider Reston ebolavirus in swine, historical perspective of H1N1 influenza virus emergence and circulation, Tamiflu-resistant H1N1, Tamiflu in Japanese river waters, transmission of H1N1 virus in ferrets, and pneumonia and respiratory failure from H1N1 in Mexico.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan Coming to Life by Christiane Nusslein-Volhard
Dick
Monsters Inside Me from Discovery Channel
Vincent Microbeworld

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TWiV 39: Virus structure

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In episode 39 of This Week in Virology, hosts Vincent Racaniello and Dick Despommier discuss virus structure and answer listener questions.

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Dick Visual Explanations by Edward R. Tufte
Vincent The Youngest Science by Lewis Thomas

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TWiV 38: Measles

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In episode 38 of This Week in Virology, hosts Vincent Racaniello and Glenn Rall chat about koi herpesvirus, H1N1 influenza vaccine produced in insect cells, attack by a rabid raccoon, and measles.

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Glenn Riddled with Life by Marlene Zuk
Vincent All the Virology on the WWW

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TWiV 37: Open Access

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In episode 37 of This Week in Virology, hosts Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove and guest Eric Freed talk about vesivirus contamination of bioreactors, pandemic influenza, maximizing the effect of vaccination by targeting children, chikungunya virus, and open access scientific journals.

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Alan Forrest Mims (website)
Vincent The Machinery of Life by David S. Goodsell

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TWiV 36: Pandemic

In episode 36 of This Week in Virology, hosts Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Dick Despommier and guest Hamish Young discuss the 2009 influenza pandemic, first 2009 H1N1 vaccine, hunting mosquitoes with midges, vaccine-associated polio in India, and adenoviruses.

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Dick The World’s Water by Peter H. Gleick
Hamish Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond; Complications by Atul Gawande
Alan Eurekalert
Vincent Respectful Insolence

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TWiV 35: Much achoo about nothing

In episode 35 of This Week in Virology, hosts Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Dick Despommier and guest Richard Kessin talk about Lujo virus, a new arenavirus, influenza, WHO rewriting pandemic rules, adjuvants, and a brief history of microbiology.

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  • Lujo virus, a new arenavirus

  • Is CDC too optimistic about influenza?

  • WHO to rewrite pandemic rules

  • Adjuvant at wikipedia

  • Avery, MacLeod, McCarty 50th anniversary ( pdf)

  • Pasteur’s swan-neck flask

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Broth was placed in a flask and the neck was heated and drawn out. The broth was open to the air, but remained sterile as long as microbe-containing dust collected in the neck and did not reach the liquid.

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Dick Three papers on origins of infectious diseases (one, two, three)
Rich An Imperfect Lens by Anne Roiphe
Alan Zotero, a FireFox plugin
Vincent e! Science News

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TWiV 34: Arsenic and facemasks

In episode 34 of This Week in Virology, hosts Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and guest Stephen Morse discuss progressive vaccinia in a smallpox vaccinee, arsenic and influenza in mice, facemasks and flu transmission, and antigenic and genetic analyses of the new H1N1 influenza virus.

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TWiV 33: Live in Philly

Vincent, Alan, Dick, and Raul Andino recorded TWiV live at the ASM General Meeting in Philadelphia, where they discussed increased arterial blood pressure caused by cytomegalovirus infection, restriction of influenza replication at low temperature by the avian viral glycoproteins, first isolation of West Nile virus in Pennsylvania, and current status of influenza.

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Dick Despommier, and Raul Andino

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Cytomegalovirus infection causes an increase of arterial blood pressure
Avian influenza virus glycoproteins restrict virus replication at low temperature
First West Nile virus isolation of the year in PA
CDC press release of 18 May 2009
Glaxo's influenza vaccine with adjuvant
NY Times article on Guillain-Barré and a more scientific view

Weekly Science Picks
Dick
- National Museum of the History of Science and Medicine, Leiden
Alan - Beginning Mac OS X Programming
Vincent
- Vaccinated by Paul Offit
Raul - HubbleSite

Thanks to Chris Condayan and ASM for making TWiV live possible. Recorded by Chris Condayan and Ray Ortega.

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TWiV 32: Influenza in silico

In episode 32 of This Week in Virology, hosts Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove and guest Raul Rabadan converse about polio survivors in iron lungs, bocavirus, structure of mimivirus, and genome sequence analysis of influenza H1N1 viruses.

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Death of Marsha Mason, who lived 60 years in an iron lung
First discovery of bocavirus in human stool
Structural studies of the giant mimivirus
Pandemic potential of H1N1 influenza virus
Was swine flu a lab accident? Bloomberg and NY Times articles
Hong Kong virologist says new H1N1 strain is ‘unstable’
Article by John Barry on site of origin of 1918 influenza

TWiV will be live at the ASM General Meeting in Philadelphia on Tuesday, May 19, 2:00 PM, Press Room 203A. Video will be streamed live at this location.

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Alan
The Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia
Vincent Pi Cubed for iPhone/iPod Touch (Sunset Lake Software, $9.99)
Raul Science and New England Journal articles on H1N1 influenza

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