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This Week in Virology with Vincent Racaniello

Vincent Racaniello


Podcast Overview

This Week in Virology is a netcast about viruses - the kind that make you sick. Three virology professors and a scienc writer explain how viruses infect, spread, and hurt or help the host.

Podcast Episodes

TWiV 449: The sound of non-silencing

The TWiV Council explores the finding that facial appearance affects science communication, and evidence that RNA interference confers antiviral immunity in mammalian cells.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

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Links for this episode
  • JMBE SciComm Issue
  • Facial appearance affects science communication (PNAS)
  • Your face matters to science (virology blog)
  • RNA based antiviral immunity in mammals (Immunity)
  • How mice say nodavirus (TWiV 245)
  • Press release on science meeting gender disparity
  • The Traditional Lecture is Not Dead. I Would Know – I’m A Professor (virology blog)
  • Sound of Silence by Disturbed (YouTube)
  • Letters read on TWiV 449
Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - ASV 2017 Virolympics Crossword (pdf)
Dickson - The Visible Mouse
Alan - Is profitable publishing bad for science?
Vincent - Locally Sourced Science

Listener Pick

Neva - Michael Summers interview and Virus coloring book

Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees.

Send your virology questions and comments to twiv@microbe.tv

TWiV 448: Mavis the Structure Maven

From ASV 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin, the complete TWiV team speaks with Mavis Agbandje-McKenna about her career and her work solving virus structures by x-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Mavis Agbandje-McKenna

 

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Doktor Kaboom!
Dickson - Mars as you've never seen it before
Alan - Eclipse 2017
Rich - Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
Vincent - Research!America

Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees.

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TWiV 447: Un-impacting an elephant

The glorious TWiVerati un-impact their email backlog, anwering questions about viruses, viruses, viruses, viruses, viruses, and more. You should listen - our fans ask great questions!

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Links for this episode
  • JMBE SciComm Issue
  • Female role models in engineering (PNAS)
  • Gender equity at ASM meeting (mBio)
  • Invisible Frontiers
  • Time, Love, Memory
  • The Eighth Day of Creation
  • Predatory journals recruit fake editor
  • Photo by Anthony Olszewski
  • Letters read on TWiV 447
Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Oskar Fischinger Google Doodle
Dickson - Ten Tiny But Terrifying Micro Monsters
Alan - Hunting mammoth ivory in Siberia
Rich - Occam’s razor
Vincent - Blame vax for illness without proof, says EU

Listener Pick

Ed - Lysenkoism

Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees.

Send your virology questions and comments to twiv@microbe.tv

TWiV 446: Old sins die hard

The TWiV hosts review an analysis of gender parity trends at virology conferences, and the origin and unusual pathogenesis of the 1918 pandemic H1N1 influenza virus.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

 

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Links for this episode
  • ASM grant writing online course
  • Gender parity trends at virology meetings (J Virol)
  • Professor gender perpetuates gender gap (NBER)
  • Next generation researchers initiative (NIH)
  • NIH abandons grant cap (Science)
  • Genesis and pathogenesis of 1918 H1N1 influenza virus (PNAS)
  • Image credit
  • Letters read on TWiV 446
Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - BioKids Critter Catalog
Dickson - Shanghai Vertical Farm
Alan - Colossal Cave Adventure open source
Rich - Life on Mars (HI-SEAS)
Vincent - TWiM 154 with Arturo Casadevall

Listener Pick

Grant - Antibody validation challenges

Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees.

Send your virology questions and comments to twiv@microbe.tv

TWiV 445: A nido virology meeting

From Nido2017 in Kansas City, Vincent  meets up with three virologists to talk about their careers and their work on nidoviruses.

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Margo Brinton, Luis Enjuanes, and Linda Saif

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Links for this episode
  • Murine flavivirus resistance gene (PNAS)
  • TIA-1/TIAR binding sites in West Nile virus RNA (J Virol)
  • Infectious coronavirus DNA in BAC (PNAS)
  • Norovirus binding to lettuce (Appl Env Micro)

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Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees

Send your virology questions and comments to twiv@microbe.tv

TWiV 444: Astro Kate, The Right Stuff

From ASM Microbe 2017 at New Orleans, Vincent and Rich meet up with astronaut Kate Rubins to talk about becoming an astronaut, space travel, and doing science in space.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Rich Condit

Guest: Kate Rubins

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Links for this episode
  • Live from the Space Station, NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins
  • Kate Rubins (NASA, Wikipedia)
  • Expedition 48-49 launches to the ISS
  • Expedition 48-49 Crew Docks to the Space Station
  • Expedition 48-49 Crew Welcomed to the Space Station
  • Expedition 48 Crew Hands Over the Space Station to Expedition 49
  • Photo by Chris Condayan

Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees

Send your virology questions and comments to twiv@microbe.tv

TWiV Special: Trial by Error, Continued

David Tuller returns to discuss the continuing saga of the UK's PACE trial for chronic fatigue syndrome, including the accusation that he is engaging in libelous blogging.

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guest: David Tuller

 

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Links for this episode
  • TWiV 397: Trial by Error
  • All articles by David Tuller at virology blog
  • Getting it wrong on chronic fatigue syndrome (NY Times)
  • Esther Crawley slide (Twitter)
  • David's fundraising page

Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees.

Send your virology questions and comments to twiv@microbe.tv

TWiV 443: On a leaf, no one can hear you scream

The TWiVsters reveal the puppet master: an RNA virus injected with wasp eggs that paralyzes the ladybug so that she protects the cocoon until the adult emerges.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

 

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Links for this episode
  • ASM grant writing online course
  • Who is the puppet master? (Proc Roy Soc B)
  • Why ladybird?
  • Ladybird ladybird
  • Dinocampus coccinellae
  • Image credit
  • Letters read on TWiV 443
Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Science Showcase Video Contest
Alan - Biochemical pathways on one chart
Rich - 35th America’s Cup
Vincent -  Viruses (pdf) and A whole new Jupiter

Listener Pick

Peter - Fake typhoid epidemic saves Polish city and Life gets complicated when disease
overruns your town
Ralph - Dilbert on climate change

Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees.

Send your virology questions and comments to twiv@microbe.tv

TWiV 442: The New York Tim

Freelance science journalist Tim Requarth joins the TWiVers to explain why scientists should stop thinking that explaining science will fix  information illiteracy.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Tim Requarth

 

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Links for this episode
  • Neuwrite
  • JMBE science communication issue
  • Smallpox vaccination day
  • The problem with facts (Fin Times)
  • Countering antivaccination attitudes (PNAS)
  • Effective messages in vaccine promotion (Pediatrics)
  • Science curiosity and political information processing (Political Psychol)
  • Teaching science using pseudoscience (D. Duncan)
  • Letters read on TWiV 442
Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Life Saver Lightning
Alan - Model rocket engine burning in slow-mo
Rich - scistarter
Vincent - The quest to wipe out a virus and FCC Votes to Begin Dismantling Net Neutrality

Listener Pick

Robert - Zika presentation

Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees.

Send your virology questions and comments to twiv@microbe.tv

TWiV 441: Don't ChrY for me influenza

The Beacons of Viral Education (aka the TWiVoners) reveal a cost of being a male mouse - the Y chromosome regulates their susceptibility to influenza virus infection.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

 

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Links for this episode
  • ASM Grant Writing Online Course
  • Giant viruses not from fourth domain of life (Virology)
  • Nuclear envelope disruption during parvovirus infection (J Virol)
  • Nuclear deformation during SV40 infection (Nucleus)
  • Y chromosome regulates mouse susceptibility to influenza virus (PNAS)
  • Consomic strains (Mamm Genome)
  • Giants among viruses (TWiV 261)
  • Image credit
  • Letters read on TWiV 441
Weekly Science Picks

Kathy - Social science research on “luck” in motherhood
Alan - Foiling dinghy built by engineering students (video)
Rich - Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA)
Vincent - Make measles great again in Michigan and Which tech giant would you drop?

Listener Pick

Steven - Difficult truths about a post-truth world

Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees.

Send your virology questions and comments to twiv@microbe.tv

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