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November 8, 2015

Judi writes: too late for halloween, but … 3 vampires walk into a bar. The first 2 ask for blood, the third asks for serum. Bartender says  “let me get this straight;  2 bloods and a blood light” (everyone groans) Judi, san Diego 81F/27C and sunny , no wind  – and this is the last […]

TWiV 354 letters

September 13, 2015

Peter writes: Dear TWiV team Regarding Steven’s letter to TWiV 353 about possible lab leaks caused by damage to buildings. There was a foot and mouth outbreak in the UK in 2007 due to contamination from a research lab, this was not a result of damage to the buildings, but rather a bureaucratic dispute over […]

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TWiV 353 letters

September 6, 2015

Fiona writes: Firstly, we would like to thank you for the segment on the current debate as to the mechanism of how viruses can become attenuated through wholescale genome modification. We really appreciated the comments made during the discussion – and enjoyed listening to the viewpoints of those on the panel. At one point during […]

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TWiV 351 letters

August 23, 2015

Johnye writes: Wouldn’t have known about AAV but for you and Dr. King. Thank you. Johnye Johnye Ballenger, M. D., FAAP Johnye writes: Does this qualify as “gain of function”? “According to Vandenberghe, generating novel infectious agents may raise some concerns, but several safety measures have been taken. For example, AAVs are not known […]

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August 2, 2015

Steve writes: ‎Hi Vincent, I listened to your latest TWiM, the other day (I’ve caught up with them all now!), and thought you sounded not your usual bright and breezy self: Voice was lower and slower, and had me a little concerned. Glad to say, it must have been some recording difference, because you were […]


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June 21, 2015

Jenny writes: So cool that you did Ben and Nick’s measles paper! Ben and I have talked about how interesting it would be to put the influenza glycoproteins into the measles genome and do the subsequent mutagenesis… But Dr. Palese said he didn’t want to go to jail. I would like to submit a listener […]


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler Tre TWiV amici present three snippets and a side of sashimi: how herpesvirus inhibits host cell gene expression by disrupting transcription termination. Click arrow to play Download TWiV 339 (72 MB .mp3, 100 min) Subscribe (free): iTunes, RSS, email Links for this episode Searching for Steamer in the oceans Lassa fever death in NJ (CDC and […]

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TWiV 339 letters

May 31, 2015

Paul writes: To the TWIVers Really enjoyed episode 337 Steamer. Follow up question: isn’t a tumor or cancer by definition derived from local cells? So wouldn’t Hemocytic leukemia be classified as an infection? Unseasonably cool 14 C with light showers failing to alleviate the local pollen alert in Philadelphia. Neil writes:  I enjoyed this episode […]

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich 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. Click arrow to play Download TWiV 336 (72 MB .mp3, […]


TWiV 336 letters

May 10, 2015

Francois writes: Hi Twiv team, This one is for Alan. In TWiV 335, he linked the european defiance for GMO rice to a supposed protectionism of french rice farmers. Yes, we’ve got our fair share of nutcases in Europe (GMO bad, vaccines bad, mobile phone antennas bad, gluten bad … bla,bla,bla etc) But here my […]

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