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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.
Greg Smith joins the TWiVirate to reveal how his lab discovered a switch that controls herpesvirus neuroinvasion, and then we visit the week's news about Zika virus.
Download TWiV 378 (87 MB .mp3, 119 min)
Alan - Science byline counting project
Dickson - Bill Nye on climate change
Vincent - Zdziarski's blog of things (Apple's motion to vacate)
Greg - Atlas, the next generation
Kathy - Sources of Chaco wood
Mark - How Dogs Love Us by Gregory Berns
Bohdan - The real reason for brains
The TWiVniks review the past week's findings on Zika virus and microcephaly, and reveal a chicken protein that provides insight on the restriction of transmission of avian influenza viruses to humans.
Download TWiV 377 (70 MB .mp3, 95 min)
Guest: Jeremy Luban
The TWiV team discusses the latest data on Zika virus, including ocular defects in infants with microcephaly, and isolation of the entire viral genome from fetal brain tissue.
Download TWiV 376 (80 MB .mp3, 109 min)
Alan - PhD Comics on gravitational waves
Dickson - 25 years of Hubble
Vincent - Amazon AWS TOS and Confirming Einstein
Rich - Mosquito mass production
Kathy - TileApp
Jeremy - IL17A and autism and The Perfect Theory by Pedro Ferreira
The TWiVziks present everything you want to know about Zika virus, including association of infection with microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome, transmission, epidemiology, and much more.
Download TWiV 375 (92 MB .mp3, 125 min)
Alan - Jetstream Online School for Weather
Vincent - New virus watercolors from Michele Banks (one, two)
Rich - The Mad Virologist (Facebook, blog)
Kathy - Orcas in Antarctica
Jeremy - Pardis Sabeti on TED
Helen - Science Valentines
Carolyn - Three letter word missing from Zika warnings
Photos below from Esper Kallas, University of Sao Paulo, mentioned in this episode can be found at this link.
The TWiVniks consider the role of a cell enzyme that removes a protein linked to the 5'-end of the picornavirus genome, and the connection between malaria, Epstein-Barr virus, and endemic Burkitt's lymphoma.
Download TWiV 374 (84 MB .mp3, 104 min)
Alan - Indoor skydiving
Vincent - Cancer Virus by Crawford, Johannessen, and Rickinson
Rich - Wit
Kathy - The Only Woman in the Room by Eileen Pollack
Dickson - Show everyone your clinical data
Host: Vincent Racaniello
Guest: Julius S. Youngner
Vincent speaks with Julius about his long career in virology, including his crucial work as part of the team at the University of Pittsburgh that developed the Salk inactivated poliovirus vaccine.
Download TWiV 373 (59 MB .mp3, 80 min)
The TWiV-osphere introduces influenza D virus, virus-like particles encoded in the wasp genome which protect its eggs from caterpillar immunity, and a cytomegalovirus protein that counters a host restriction protein which prevents establishment of latency.
Download TWiV 372 (91 MB .mp3, 124 min)
Christiane - Using PowerPoint to shine
The TWiVologists discuss the finding of a second transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils, and development of new poliovirus strains for the production of inactivated vaccine in the post-eradication era.
Download TWiV 371 (96 MB .mp3, 130 min)
The TWiVomics review ten captivating virology stories from 2015.
Download TWiV 370 (79 MB .mp3, 109 min)
A swarm of virologists discusses testing of a MERS coronavirus vaccine for camels, and how a neuronal stress pathway reactivates herpes simplex virus.
Download TWiV 369 (86 MB .mp3, 118 min)
This episode is sponsored by Clinical Virology Symposium