Virus modelsHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Laura Newcomb

Vincent and Kathy visit Laura Newcomb at California State University San Bernardino, where they talk about Laura’s viral tattoos, and a protein that protects the mosquito brain from lethal flavivirus infection.

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Weekly Science Picks 50:30

Laura – NP siRNA inhibits different influenza viruses (Antiviral Res)
Kathy – Time-lapse mining
Vincent – Does the public trust science?

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Paul – Degree-Off XKCD
Peter – Ebola containment, Hans Rosling, eLife podcast,  Naked Scientists

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TWiV 337: Steamer

May 17, 2015

Mya arenariaHost: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Michael Metzger and Steve Goff

Vincent meets up with Michael and Steve to discuss their finding of a transmissible tumor in soft shell clams associated with a retrovirus-like element in the clam genome.

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Eye Diagram UveitisHosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiVsters explore mutations in the interferon pathway associated with severe influenza in a child, outbreaks of avian influenza in North American poultry farms, Ebolavirus infection of the eye weeks after recovery, and Ebolavirus stability on surfaces and in fluids.

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Weekly Science Picks 1:26:30

Alan – Winogradsky time-lapse
Rich – Missing link in evolution of complex cells
Kathy – Grantome
Dickson – National Geographic Landscape Photo of the Day
Vincent – PyMol and Chimera

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Mauricio – Vax!

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TWiV 335: Ebola lite

May 3, 2015

Ebola liteHosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiVumvirate discusses a whole Ebolavirus vaccine that protects primates, the finding that Ebolavirus is not undergoing rapid evolution, and a proposal to increase the pool of life science researchers by cutting money and time from grants.

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Weekly Science Picks 1:36:15

Alan – Pinboard
Rich – Academic medicine investment in medical research
Kathy – Tissue paper stop motion animation
Dickson – Do peer review panels select best science proposals?
Vincent – MMR and autism: Still no association

Listener Pick of the Week

Ramon – Autism by MMR vaccine status
Mehul –  Ebolavirus disease course
JustinMolecular Biology of Bacterial Viruses by Gunther S. Stent

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TWiV 334: In vino virus

April 26, 2015

Vitis viniferaHosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiVles talk about endogenous viruses in plants, sex and Ebolavirus transmission, an outbreak of canine influenza in the US, Dr. Oz, and doubling the NIH budget.

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Weekly Science Picks 1:17:05

Alan – NIH RFI: How do we fix this mess?
Rich – Editing embryos (PopSci, Prot Cell)
Kathy – Creative class presentations (one, two, three, four)
Dickson – The most tornadoes
Vincent – Apollo 13, 45 years later (Ars, IEEE, Farewell)

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Johnye – Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka

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MSTP VanderbiltHost: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Ben Fensterheim, Megan Freeman, Bobak Parang, and Meredith Rogers

Vincent returns to Vanderbilt University and meets up with Ben, Megan, Bobak, and Meredith to learn about life in the Medical Scientist Training Program.

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TWiV 332Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Seth Bordenstein, James Crowe, and Mark Denison

Vincent visits Vanderbilt University and meets up with Seth, Jim, and Mark to talk about their work on a virus of Wolbachia, anti-viral antibodies, and coronaviruses.

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Enterovirus D68

Enterovirus D68 by Jason Roberts

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiV team discusses the possible association of the respiratory pathogen enterovirus D68 with neurological disease.

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Weekly Science Picks 1:53:50

Alan – OU0POLIO ham radio special event station (on air reports)
Rich – Crane building itself (YouTube)
Kathy – Vaccine heroes LEGO project
Dickson – Life at the limits
Vincent – Emperor of all Maladies film and Conference gender balance

Listener Pick of the Week

Jake – Designing useful microbes

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TWiV 330: A swinging gate

March 29, 2015

Swinging gateHosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiVers explain how a protein platform assists the hepatitis C virus RNA polymerase to begin the task of making viral genomes.

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Weekly Science Picks 1:32:25

Alan – X-Flare 2.1 captured
Rich – Volvo ocean race drops research buoys (YouTube)
Kathy – Nature double-blind peer review
Dickson – Largest cave in the world
Vincent – New program for early-career scientists

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Michael – Space Engine and Kerbal Space Program
Varun CN – Incognito by David Eagleman

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Wash Your HandsHosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiV team reviews identification of immune biomarkers in CFS/ME patients, and how a cell nuclease controls the innate immune response to vaccinia virus infection.

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Weekly Science Picks 1:35:10

Alan – NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory video
Rich – Mutagenic chain reaction (Video: Genome editing with CRISPR)
Kathy – Science Ambassadors Program
Dickson – Street Art
Vincent – End Polio Now

Listener Pick of the Week

Ross – Three PhD Comics on Nature vs Science (one, two, three)
Ricardo – Demographic Party Trick

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