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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 368: Infected, you will be

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

A plaque of virologists explores the biology of Zika virus and recent outbreaks, and the contribution of a filamentous bacteriophage to the development of biofilms.

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This episode is sponsored by Clinical Virology Symposium and ASM Microbe

Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Twelve days of norovirus
Vincent - This Week in Evolution
Rich - In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides
Kathy - Kajanjian lecture on Frederick Novy and Milestones ceremony at UM

Listener Picks

Peter - What if anti-vax, anti-science movement won?
Stephen - Scandalous origin of vaccines
Pritesh - Absurd way of doing business

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TWiV 367: Two sides to a Coyne

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler 

Guests: Carolyn Coyne and Coyne Drummond

Two Coynes join the TWiV overlords to explain their three-dimensional culture model of polarized intestinal cells for studying enterovirus infection.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Tardigrade genome sequence (video)
Alan - Antibiotic action nonprofit group
Vincent - Ex Machina and genome editing moratorium
Rich - Launch photography by Ben Cooper
Kathy - HIV life cycle in video (paper)
Dickson - 2015 Nobel Lectures Physiology or Medicine
Carolyn - Metapneumovirus entry

Listener Picks

Tom - Global host-pathogen database
Trudy - Madame Curie by Eve Curie

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TWiV 366: Doctorates down under

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Carla Giles, Zoe Dyson, Brianna McLean, and Caitlin O'Brien

In Melbourne, Australia, Vincent speaks with four PhD students about their research projects and what it's like to get a doctorate down under.

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TWiV 365: Blood, feuds, and a foodborne disease

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

For a TWiV Thanksgiving, Vincent, Alan, and Kathy trace the feud over genome editing, a new virus discovered in human blood, and the origins of hepatitis A virus.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Tardigrade genome sequence (video)
Alan - XKCD on Gates polio eradication site
Vincent - Lifting the Impenetrable Veil by Charles Calisher

Listener Picks

Judi - Jennifer Doudna's Ted Talk
Ramon - Map of the Sky

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TWiV 364: It's not SARS 2.0

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guests: Ralph Baric and Vineet Menachery

Vincent, Rich, and Kathy speak with Ralph and Vineet about their research on the potential of SARS-like bat coronaviruses  to infect human cells and cause disease in mice.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - California Dept of Public Health
Rich - Leafy greens on space station
Vincent - Mechanical keyboards and TWiV on Perfect your podcast

Listener Picks

Jesse - Networking for Nerds by Alaina G. Levine
Russell - Worldmapper

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TWiV 363: Eat flu and dyad

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiVers reveal influenza virus replication in the ferret mammary gland and spread to a nursing infant, and selection of transmissible influenza viruses in the soft palate.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Insect gears
Alan - Bye, Bye, Ebola
Rich - Hedy Lamarr
Vincent - Should we resurrect extinct species?

Listener Picks

Jennie - Bye, Bye, Ebola
Peter - Epidemics on edX

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TWiV 362: Gotta catch 'em all

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

With their usual verve, the virus virtuosos illuminate a new method to identify all the viral nucleic acids in a sample, and regulation of viral gene expression by codon usage.

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Adam Savage, Andy Weir and Chris Hadfield talk about The Martian
Alan - Project Apollo photo archive - and video

Rich - Watch A Bowling Ball And Feather Falling In A Vacuum
Dickson - California drought
Vincent - Does AAAS care about Ebola anymore?

Listener Picks

Anonymous - Lives saved by vaccination
Paul - Science articles: A guide
Judi - How a virus invades your body

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TWiV 361: Zombie viruses on the loose

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Rich Condit

The TWiVsters discuss Frederick Novy's return from retirement to recover a lost rat virus, and evidence for persistence of Ebolavirus in semen.

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Weekly Science Picks

Alan - Sticky
Rich - Arthur C. Clarke predicts the Internet (so did Vannevar Bush)
Dickson - Nikon Small World Photomicrography winners
Vincent - Pat Schloss on microbiome initiative

Listener Picks

Awkward Skeptic - 16 year old wins Google prize for detecting Ebolavirus

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TWiV 360: From Southeastern Michigan

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Kathy Spindler

Guests: Michael ImperialeAdam Lauring, and Akira Ono

Vincent visits the University of Michigan where he and Kathy speak with Michael, Adam, and Akira about polyomaviruses, virus evolution, and virus assembly, on the occasion of naming the department of Microbiology & Immunology a Milestones in Microbiology site.

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Kathy - Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage Lego #1 and #2 and Ada Lovelace Day
Vincent - MiSciWriters

Listener Picks

Junio - XKCD marks the spot
Kari - Spoonflower

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TWiV 359: A Blossom by any other name

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Blossom Damania

Vincent speaks with Blossom about her laboratory's research on Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus, including how it transforms cells, the switch between lytic and latent replication, and its interaction with the innate immune system of the host.

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