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This Week in Virology

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.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 17:02

Polio turns over a new leaf - TWiV 459

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Review of the first FDA approved gene therapy, accidental exposure to poliovirus type 2 in a manufacturing plant, and production of a candidate poliovirus vaccine in plants.

Monday, 11 September 2017 12:30

Saliva of the fittest - TWiV 458

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An imported case of yellow fever in New York City, and how a dengue virus subgenomic RNA disrupts immunity in mosquito salivary glands to increase virus replication.

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 19:52

The Red Queen meets the White Rabbit - TWiV 457

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The distribution of proteins on the influenza viral genome, and the evolution of myxoma virus that was released in Australia to control the rabbit population.

Saturday, 26 August 2017 19:08

Be careful of canons - TWiV 456

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Brianne joins the TWiVMasters to explain how mutations in genes encoding RNA polymerase III predispose children to severe varicella, and detection of an RNA virus by a DNA sensor.

Sunday, 20 August 2017 18:52

Pork and genes - TWiV 455

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Erin joins the TWiVirions to discuss a computer exploit encoded in DNA, creation of pigs free of endogenous retroviruses, and mutations in the gene encoding an innate sensor of RNA in children with severe viral respiratory disease.

 

Sunday, 13 August 2017 18:40

FGCU, Zika - TWiV 454

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Sharon and Scott return to TWiV for a Zika virus update, including their work on viral evolution and spread, and whether pre-existing immunity to dengue virus enhances pathogenesis.

 

From the Vector-Borne Viruses Symposium in Hamilton, Montana, Dickson and Vincent speak with Diane Griffin about her career and her work on understanding viral infections of the central nervous system.

Monday, 31 July 2017 08:33

Kiss that frog - TWiV 452

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Lynda Coughlan joins TWiV for a discussion of a host defense peptide from frogs that destroys influenza virus, and mouse models for acute and chronic hepacivirus infection.

Monday, 24 July 2017 09:15

Expectorate the unexpected - TWiV 451

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The TWiV scientists reveal that mosquitoes transmit different West Nile virus populations with each blood meal, only to have the diversity purged in a bird host.

Monday, 17 July 2017 08:11

Ben tenOever and RNA out - TWiV 450

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Ben tenOever joins TWiV to discuss the evolution of RNA interference and his lab’s finding that RNAse III nucleases, needed for the maturation of cellular RNAs, are an ancient antiviral RNA recognition platform in all domains of life.

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