TWiV 272: Give peas a chance

February 16, 2014

aphid feederHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiV team describes aphid control by using a viral capsid protein to deliver a spider toxin to plants, and a human endogenous retrovirus that enhances expression of a neuronal gene.

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Alan - Statistical error (Nature)
Rich - 12 oldest animal species
Dickson – When liquids collide
Vincent - 
HIV denial and just asking questions
KathySun’s canyon of fire

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Sandra - Women physicists keep female students psyched
JudiHHMI’s Biointeractive
JacobInfluenza virus HA

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tobacco ringspot virusHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan DoveRich Condit, and Ashlee Bennett

The TWiV crew discusses two reports on viruses that might have crossed kingdoms, from plants to honeybees and from plants to vertebrates.

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Alan - Nagasaki bombing (YouTube)
Rich - GoPro Red Bull Stratos (YouTube)
Dickson – Solar orbs
Vincent -
Socrative

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Basel - Pathology course online
RussellSochi 2014: Encyclopedia of spending
YegorVisual Science

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TWiV 270: Homeland virology

February 2, 2014

ASM BiodefenseHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Rich Condit

Guests: Dennis Hruby and Yoshihiro Kawaoka

Vincent and Rich discuss avian influenza virus and an antiviral drug against smallpox with Dennis and Yoshi at the ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting in Washington, DC.

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Vincent - Quanta Magazine
Rich - Colour is in the eye of the beholder

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Kehau - Beautiful but deadly viruses
Lance – The signal and the noise by David Silver

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proposal virusHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The complete TWiV team reviews evidence for sensing of herpesviral DNA in the nucleus by the cell protein IFI16.

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Kathy - Female conveners and speakers
Alan - Sandgrains
Rich2013 Lamborghini Aventador
Vincent - Happy Birthday Mac and 128K Mac teardown
Dickson – Farmdominion

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Peter - The Microscope and The Next Global Killer
Richard – Glass viruses

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knit icosahedronHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Kathy Spindler, and Ashlee Bennett

Vincent, Alan, Kathy, and Ashlee discuss fomites in physicians offices, plant virus factories involved in aphid transmission, and clues from the bat genome about flight and immunity.

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Kathy - Jean-Luc Doumont (slides, communicating science, website, Scitable)
Alan - Wireless thermometer
Vincent - Rethinking the airline boarding pass

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Jessica - Knit icosahedron
Robert – Practical computing for biologists by Haddock and Dunn
StephenFourteen years of US weather (YouTube)

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knit picornavirusHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan, Rich and Kathy review a protease essential for influenza pathogenesis in mice, and directionality of rhinovirus RNA exit from the capsid.

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Kathy - Amazing maps
Alan - Florida to NJ in 156 seconds (YouTube)
Rich - Whiteout over Great Lakes from Space
Vincent - LORiOLA viral necklaces

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Carol - Knit picornavirus
Robert – RNA: Life’s Indispensible Molecule by James Darnell,
and Biochemical Pathways by Michal and Schomburg

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dengue knitHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan, and Kathy discuss finding viruses in outer space, varying results obtained from personal genetic testing, and depletion of CD4 cells during HIV infection by pyroptosis.

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Kathy - 17 mundane things, mind blowing views
Alan - Snowovel
Vincent - Public’s views on human evolution

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Emily - Dengue pillow 

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scientist LEGOHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

In their final episode of the year, the TWiV team reviews ten compelling virology stories from 2013.

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Kathy - Women in Science
Alan - Contagium
Rich – RC helicopter (demo)
Vincent - The athletic power of quadcopters

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Lindsay - Alcohol consumption and vaccines (Vaccine)
JohnyeThe Singing Microbiologist

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TWiV 263: Game of clones

December 15, 2013

Game of clones bracketHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan DoveRich Condit, Kathy Spindler, and Ben tenOever

Ben joins the TWiV team to reveal the winner of his contest in which influenza viruses carrying different interferon-stimulated genes vie against one another in mice.

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Kathy - The Brain Scoop, esp. Where My Ladies At
Alan - Say ‘hi’ to a spaceship (YouTube)
Rich - Garmin BlueChart Mobile and Active Captain
Vincent - Journal boycott (one, two)
DicksonFuturescape TV show

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Luis - Spillover by David Quammen
KenGravity

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