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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, 20 March 2017 09:19

Poops viruses and worms - TWiV 433

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TWiV explores the evolution of our fecal virome, and the antiviral RNA interference response in the nematode C. elegans.

TWiV discusses Zika virus seroprevalence in wild monkeys, Zika virus mRNA vaccines, and a gamete fusion protein inherited from viruses.

Monday, 06 March 2017 09:10

Niemann-Pick of the weak - TWiV 431

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TWiV reveals bacteriophage genes that control eukaryotic reproduction, and the biochemical basis for increased Ebolavirus glycoprotein activity during the recent outbreak.

Monday, 27 February 2017 09:07

The persistence of herpesvirus - TWiV 430

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TWiV discusses sexual transmission of Zika virus in mice, and how immune escape enables herpes simplex virus escape from latency.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 08:31

Zika Experimental Science Team - TWiV 429

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Vincent Racaniello meets with members of team ZEST at the University of Wisconsin Madison to discuss their macaque model for Zika virus pathogenesis.

Monday, 13 February 2017 08:35

Lyse globally, protect locally - TWiV 428

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TWiV explains how superspreader bacteriophages release intact DNA from infected cells, and the role of astrocytes in protecting the cerebellum from virus infection.

At the Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, Montana, Vincent Racaniello speaks with Vincent Munster about the work of his laboratory on MERS-coronavirus and Ebolaviruses.

Monday, 06 February 2017 10:10

It was a DURC and UV light - TWiV 427

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TWiV discusses the March for Science, the GOF moratorium, and a classic virology paper on mapping the gene order for vesicular stomatitis virus.

TWiV explains how chronic wasting disease of cervids could be caused by spontaneous misfolding of prion protein, and the role of the membrane protein Axl in Zika virus entry into cells.

Monday, 23 January 2017 09:22

All picornaviruses, all the time - TWiV 425

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TWiV discusses a thermostable poliovirus empty capsid vaccine, and two cell genes that act as a switch between entry and clearance of picornavirus infection.

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