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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.

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.

Monday, 10 July 2017 09:12

The sound of non-silencing - TWiV 449

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TWiV explores the finding that facial appearance affects science communication, and evidence that RNA interference confers antiviral immunity in mammalian cells.

Monday, 03 July 2017 08:46

Mavis the Structure Maven - TWiV 448

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From ASV 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin, the complete TWiV team speaks with Mavis Agbandje-McKenna about her career and her work solving virus structures by x-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy.

Monday, 26 June 2017 08:52

Un-impacting an elephant - TWiV 447

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TWiV un-impacts their email backlog, answering questions about viruses, viruses, and more viruses. You should listen – our fans ask great questions!

Monday, 19 June 2017 08:35

Old sins die hard - TWiV 446

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The TWiV hosts review an analysis of gender parity trends at virology conferences, and the origin and unusual pathogenesis of the 1918 pandemic H1N1 influenza virus.

Monday, 12 June 2017 08:51

A nido virology meeting - TWiV 445

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From Nido2017 in Kansas City, TWiV meets up with three virologists to talk about their careers and their work on nidoviruses.

Monday, 05 June 2017 13:09

Astro Kate, The Right Stuff - TWiV 444

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From ASM Microbe 2017 at New Orleans, This Week in Virology talks with Kate Rubins about becoming an astronaut, space travel, and doing science in space.

Thursday, 01 June 2017 16:48

TWiV Special: Trial by Error, Continued

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David Tuller returns to discuss the continuing saga of the UK’s PACE trial for chronic fatigue syndrome, including the accusation that he is engaging in libelous blogging.

TWiV reveals the puppet master: an RNA virus injected with wasp eggs that paralyzes the ladybug so that she protects the cocoon until the adult emerges.

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