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Sunday, 19 August 2018 14:31

TWiV 507 Letters

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Jason writes:

Hi Rich!

I hope you’re doing well!  I wanted to get in contact as I think we have a really nice story we put together on VACV in combination with using super-resolution microscopy to map the viral membrane proteins...

Sunday, 12 August 2018 15:44

TWiV 506 Letters

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David writes:

Dear Twivniks,

Re TWiV 505, here’s a thought on potential mechanisms for involvement of virus immunity in Alzheimer’s disease. I’m sure I read somewhere the notion that the capacity of cells to dispose of protein aggregates, misfolded or otherwise, could be a factor in progressive cellular damage...

Sunday, 29 July 2018 16:53

TWiV 504 Letters

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Tom writes:


Regarding a frequent TWiX discussion topic, here’s further discussion, and some history, regarding research publication...

Monday, 28 May 2018 20:11

TWiV 495 Letters

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Wink writes:

Dear TWIV Professors,

Thanks for the great Ebola update! As is customary, you began with a conversation about epidemiology. Missing from your discussion (and all other modern reviews of Ebola) is the originally reported mechanism for viral amplification in a human community (one reference below)...

Monday, 21 May 2018 18:44

TWiV 494 Letters

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Anthony writes:

I’ve wondered if clouds could carry influenza from migrating birds flying over or through them.  A dark cloud preventing the passage of UV could be the silver lining for the virus....


Wednesday, 16 May 2018 16:41

TWiV 493 Letters

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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. . . . .

Sunday, 06 May 2018 18:45

TWiV 492 Letters

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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.

Sunday, 29 April 2018 19:02

TWiV 491 Letters

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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)...

Monday, 23 April 2018 15:31

TWiV 490 Letters

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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...

Monday, 09 April 2018 16:21

TWiV 488 Letters

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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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