BrandonHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Rich Condit

The sternutating TWiVers discuss preventing infection of cells and animals by a soluble CD4-CCR5 molecule that binds to HIV-1 virus particles.

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Alan – Toms River by Dan Fagin
Rich – Spin by Robert Charles
Vincent – FCC votes for net neutrality (ArsTechnica)

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Neal – Why doesn’t everyone get the flu vaccine?
Fernando – Zombie Jonas Salk hunts idiots
NevaPhysicists in biology

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TWiV 325: Wildcats go viral

February 22, 2015

TWiV 325Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Rollie Clem and Lorena Passarelli

Vincent visits the ‘Little Apple’ and speaks with Rollie and Lorena about their work on mosquito-born viruses and baculoviruses.

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Viruses in the miRHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Lee Feinman

Lee joins the TWiV team to discuss the value of post-doctoral training, and how a cellular microRNA assists in the replication of hepatitis C virus.

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Lee – Furthering America’s Research and Upgoer five and six
Alan – 
Best snow shovel
Rich – Ripple tank
KathyFractals
Dickson – World Press Photo Contest 2015
Vincent – What to do about antivax politicians and physicians

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Patricia – Future of Bioscience Graduate & Postdoc training
Paul – This is my son Griffin, and he may have measles

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skid loader full of viromesHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The family TWiVidae discuss changes in the human fecal virome associated with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

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Alan – Sitesucker
RichSnake picked wrong dinner
Dickson – Sapporo Snow Festival
Vincent – Mapping NYC subway DNA

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Gretchen – Scientific way to cut a cake
Leslie – Principles of Virology, Second Edition

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infectious inboxHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiVodes answer listener email about hantaviruses, antivirals, H1N1 vaccine and narcolepsy, credibility of peer review, Bourbon virus, influenza vaccine, careers in virology, and much more.

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Alan – Boom by Tony Horowitz
Kathy – Octopus supermom
DicksonMacrophotography
Vincent – Virology lectures 2015 (virology blog and YouTube)

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Paul – Illsville: Fight the Disease
Ramon – Vaccinate! Do it for the testicles
SandraWho can you trust?

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TWiV 321: aTRIP and a pause

January 25, 2015

Going down the rabbit holeHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Paul Duprex

Paul joins the TWiV team to discuss the current moratorium on viral research to alter transmission, range and resistance, infectivity and immunity, and pathogenesis.

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Alan – In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
PaulSaving the lives of our dogs (blog post)
Kathy – New all-female Lego set
DicksonFemale storm-chaser
Vincent – Despommier Photo Art

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Jacob – Exaggeration in news and press releases (BMJ)
Peter – Quartet game (photos: one, two, three, four, five)

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Cranberry harvestHost: Vincent Racaniello

Guest: John Coffin

Vincent speaks with John Coffin about his career studying retroviruses, including working with Howard Temin, endogenous retroviruses, XMRV, chronic fatigue syndrome and prostate cancer, HIV/AIDS, and his interest in growing cranberries.

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TWiV 319: Breaking breakbone

January 11, 2015

Dengue virusHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiVers review the outcomes of two recent phase 3 clinical trials of a quadrivalent dengue virus vaccine in Asia and Latin America.

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Alan – The Toaster Project by Thomas Thwaites
Rich – SpaceX reusable rocket (SpaceX)
Kathy – Antarctica: A Year on Ice
DicksonNHL Mumps outbreak and Hubble Andromeda image
Vincent – We the Microbiologist

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Neva – Mosquito earrings
BaselFlu vaccine selection meeting

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Ebola virus cookieHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiV gang reviews ten fascinating, compelling, and riveting virology stories from 2014.

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Ten virology stories of 2014

  • Ebola virus outbreak (TWiV 314, 309, 308, 307, 306, 305, 304, 303, 302, 298, 297, 283)
  • Directional uncoating of rhinovirus RNA (TWiV 267)
  • Pandemic pathogen controversy (TWiV 287)
  • Viral evolution (TWiV 275)
  • Borna virus inhibition by endogenous DNA (TWiV 303)
  • MERS-CoV in dromedary camels (TWiV special, TWiV 287)
  • Oncolytic measles virus (TWiV 298)
  • Amazing norovirus findings (TWiV 312 and 313)
  • Toxin delivery to aphids (TWiV 272)
  • The Salk Legacy (TWiV 281)

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Alan – Mystery photos from CERN
Rich – Adam E. Cohen: Bringing bioelectricity to light
Kathy – Wired’s top microbe stories of 2014
DicksonMouse joke
Vincent – The Science of Epidemics (Time Inc Special)

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Neva - Sir Bacteriophage
SagiAn unboring polio documentary

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TWiV 317: Brazil goes viral

December 28, 2014

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Eurico Arruda, Gustavo Acrani, Cintia Bittar, Tatiana Domitrovic, and Suellen Galvino-Costa

On his second trip to Brazil, Vincent joins Eurico to speak with four young virologists, Gustavo, Cintia, Tatiana, and Suellen, about their work and their prospects for careers in science.

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