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.
The TWiVmeisters answer listener email about the NEIDL, negative results, patenting MERS-coronavirus, human papillomavirus transmission, canine distemper virus, and much, much more.
Download TWiV 280 (71 MB .mp3, 99 min)
Vincent, Alan, and Kathy reveal how a retrovirus in the human genome keeps embryonic stem cells in a pluripotent state, from where they can differentiate into all cells of the body.
Download TWiV 279 (65 MB .mp3, 90 min)
Vincent, Dickson, Alan, and Kathy discuss disruption of the ccr5 gene in lymphocytes of patients infected with HIV-1.
Download TWiV 278 (74 MB .mp3, 103 min)
Stephen & Jon - Watty's Wall Stuff
Johyne - Macro views of snowflakes
Ricardo & Stephen - Vaccine exemptions
Bill - Books by John Janovy
Marshall - Animation of DNA replication
Steve - Debunking influenza vaccine myths
Glenn and Ann meet up with Vincent to talk about his career in science and science communication.
Download TWiV 277 (57 MB .mp3, 78 min)
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Host: Vincent Racaniello
Vincent meets up with Susan Baker and Tom Gallagher at Loyola University to talk about their work on coronaviruses.
Download TWiV 276 (51 MB .mp3, 70 min)
Lance - The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
Guest: Eugene Koonin
Vincent and Rich meet up with Eugene Koonin to talk about the central role of viruses in the evolution of all life.
Download TWiV 275 (94 MB .mp3, 130 min)
The TWiV team discusses recent cases of polio-like paralysis in California, and the virome of 14th century paleofeces.
Download TWiV 274 (87 MB .mp3, 120 min)
Alan - The science of science communication
Rich - Command and Control by Eric Schlosser
Dickson - Top 10 plant viruses
Vincent - Is the Nobel Prize good for science?
Kathy - Time to rethink graduate and postdoc education (YouTube)
Host: Vincent Racaniello
Vincent meets up with Ian and Thomas to discuss their finding that MERS-coronavirus has been circulating in dromedary camels in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since at least 1992.
Download TWiV Special MERS (28 MB .mp3, 38 min)
The TWiVome dissect the finding that interferon lambda alleles predict the outcome of hepatitis C virus infection.
Download TWiV 273 (75 MB .mp3, 103 min)
The TWiV team describes aphid control by using a viral capsid protein to deliver a spider toxin to plants, and a human endogenous retrovirus that enhances expression of a neuronal gene.
Download TWiV 272 (78 MB .mp3, 108 min)