Wednesday, 16 May 2018 16:41

TWiV 493 Letters

Ken writes:

Dear TWiVerati,

Quick follow up to TWiV #491.  The “great oxidation event” is estimated to have taken place more than 2 Billion years ago (long before the radiation of vertebrates), but I am sure that there were viruses then too. . . . .

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Sunday, 06 May 2018 18:45

TWiV 492 Letters

Craig writes:

I wanted to follow up on TWiV 491 where you kindly covered our paper on norovirus infection of tuft cells.  Given space constraints we weren’t able to elaborate or give as much background as we would have liked so I’d like to answer some of your questions and offer some clarifications. I apologize in advance for the long email but fortunately the space constraints of Twiv letters aren’t so tightly enforced.

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Sunday, 29 April 2018 19:02

TWiV 491 Letters

Jimmy writes:

I am a frequent Swedish listener who have some questions about the PUUV-Virus. In 2008 I was lucky to get hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome caused by the PUUV-Virus (large outbreak between 2007-2008, due to peak in vole cycle)...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 15:31

TWiV 490 Letters

Chris writes:

Dear TWiV

I wanted to bring to your attention a recent publication, authored by Grieg F. Steward and myself, that describes an interesting virus that encodes fermentation genes, titled:

“A giant virus infecting green algae encodes key fermentation genes”

The article is open access and can be downloaded from ScienceDirect at...

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Monday, 09 April 2018 16:21

TWiV 488 Letters

Jacob writes:

Dear TWIV Team,

I always enjoy your podcast and especially enjoyed this week’s episode on defective viral genomes, a topic I studied as a graduate student.  The paper that you discussed from the Saleh Lab has so many novel and exciting features regarding the role of DVGs in insect infections...

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Monday, 12 February 2018 19:40

TWiV 480 Letters

Trudy writes:

I have these on my Amazon wish list and plan to buy them sometime soon, so I haven’t read them yet! However, I found out about them because one of the authors was on Meet the Microbiologist...

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Monday, 05 February 2018 19:43

TWiV 479 Letters

Alexandra writes:

Dear TWiV,

I am a new TWiV listener and have loved listening to you all on my daily commute. I worked a bit with viruses during my undergrad, and have since been doing malaria research but have been keeping up with the world of virology thanks to TWiV and I am now thinking about doing my PhD in a virology lab.

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Sunday, 21 January 2018 19:27

TWiV 477 Letters

David writes:

Dickson cited a poem about a candle burning, and this triggered the following memory:

My candle burns at both ends; it will not last the night; but ah, my foes, and oh, my friends – it gives a lovely light!...

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Sunday, 24 December 2017 16:27

TWiV 473 Letters

Joseph writes:

Greetings again TWIV docs,

As someone who worked on identifying physiologically relevant CD8+ T cell epitopes for potential dengue vaccines, thanks for covering the latest on Dengvaxia. The background scuttlebutt in our biotech circles probably led to skepticism  about this vaccine but now the data is emerging. It’s a bummer, because an effective Dengue virus vaccine for all individuals is very much needed.

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Friday, 22 December 2017 16:23

TWiV 471 Letters

Andy writes:

Hi Twiverinos,

As someone who recently received a PhD in microbiology and who often receives remarks from peers and PIs praising me for the sheer amount of work I have produced in my time in grad school, I could not disagree more strongly with the notion set forth by Jon Yewdell that you have to work insane hours to be successful.

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