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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...

Sunday, 18 March 2018 16:21

TWiV 485 Letters

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Islam writes:

Dear Vincent,

While responding to a listener’s email in TWiV 484, which was asking about influenza in seals, you asked whether there are any active surveillance programs...

Sunday, 11 March 2018 16:34

TWiV 484 Letters

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Dear Alan:

As you enumerated the challenges to implementing the above, I have a somewhat different take, at least as far as Texas goes.

In this state we have over 1,000 School Districts.  My employer advocates for these Districts’ collective agendas every legislative session.

Sunday, 04 March 2018 18:04

TWiV 483 Letters

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Chaim writes:

Dear TWiV Masters,

In episode 482, the paper discussed used the PacBio long read sequencing technology. However, Vincent referred to the machine as being “the size of a harmonica,” when the PacBio Sequel is actually about 5 and a half feet tall. The MinION, by Oxford Nanopore, is the small portable long read sequencer that had been mentioned on TWiEvo...

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