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This Week in Virology is a netcast about viruses - the kind that make you sick.

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This Week in Virology is a netcast about viruses - the kind that make you sick.

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Six minutes into 585 and you’ve won my heart forever

By Cmarieinwalla - Feb 02 2020
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Your podcast is perfect. Thank you for sharing

Love TWIV

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I’m a lay person fascinated with virology and I really enjoy listening and learning. Thanks!!

iTunes Ratings

637 Ratings
Average Ratings
597
21
6
6
7

Six minutes into 585 and you’ve won my heart forever

By Cmarieinwalla - Feb 02 2020
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Your podcast is perfect. Thank you for sharing

Love TWIV

By just another human bean - Jan 27 2020
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I’m a lay person fascinated with virology and I really enjoy listening and learning. Thanks!!
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This Week in Virology

Latest release on Feb 16, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: TWiV Special: Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism

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Vaccine scientist, pediatrician, and autism dad Peter Hotez talks about his new book, Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism.

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Peter Hotez

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Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees.

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Dec 19 2018

19mins

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Rank #2: TWiV 582: This little virus went to market

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TWiV provides updates on the new coronavirus causing respiratory disease in China, the current influenza season, and the epidemic of African swine fever, including determination of the three-dimensional structure of the virus particle.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler, and Brianne Barker

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Rich - Mayo Clinic - Ken Burns; Patient Care and Health Information Dickson - Australia Fires; Insect ecology; Smoke and aerosols Kathy - runcible Vincent - Without a Vaccine, These Are Your Odds

Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees.

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Jan 12 2020

1hr 58mins

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Rank #3: TWiV 496: Vaccines work, whether or not you believe in them

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Vincent and Rich recorded this episode at Vaccines in the 21st Century, a meeting held at the University of California, Irvine, where they spoke with Stacy Schultz-Cherry, Douglas Diekema, and Andrew Noymer about vaccine facts and fiction.

Hosts: Vincent Racanielloand Rich Condit

Guests: Stacey Schultz-Cherry, Douglas Diekema, and Andrew Noymer

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Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees.

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Jun 03 2018

1hr 15mins

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Rank #4: TWiV 508: Bioweapon

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Jens returns to present a brief history of bioweapons, with a focus on the program in the Soviet Union, the largest ever undertaken, and his experience working in the decommissioned Soviet bioweapons laboratory known as Vector.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Jens Kuhn

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Jens - Nudibranchs, Beastly Garden, large nidovirus (one, two) Rich - Living inside a canister Dickson - Global rivers and streamsKathy - TWiM 181 Dr. Warhol’s Periodic Table of Microbes Vincent - Twitter Bots and Russian Trolls Amplify Vaccine Debate

Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees.

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Aug 26 2018

2hr 7mins

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Rank #5: TWiV 573: Inventing viruses

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William Summers joins the TWiV team to discuss some virology history, including the ever-changing concept of 'virus' and the contribution of phage research to the study of animal viruses.

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

Guest: William Summers

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Alan - Restoration of Western Flyer Rich - Purification of phage T7 RNA polymerase Dickson - The Galaxy is Not Flat Bill - Efficacy of tetravalent dengue vaccine Vincent - Blowout by Rachel Maddow

Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees.

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Nov 10 2019

1hr 53mins

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Rank #6: TWiV 505: Rosebola

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The TWiV hosts review persistence of Ebola virus after the end of the Liberian outbreak, and the potential role of two herpesviruses in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler and Brianne Barker

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Alan - Impossible Burger Rich - SpaceX Just Sent Algae to the ISS, Here's How It'll Power Deep Space Missions Dickson - Art and Science Intersection (Art Science Museum) Brianne - Why it is not a 'failure' to leave academia Kathy- 2003 video history of nuclear explosions 1945 - 1998 Vincent - Revisionist History Episode 8 and Episode 9

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Mark- TWIV bingo (png)

Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees.

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Aug 05 2018

2hr 2mins

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Rank #7: TWiV 553: Polio with David Oshinsky

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Vincent speaks with David Oshinsky, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Polio: An American Story, about the history of poliovirus vaccines.

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guest: David Oshinsky

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Jun 23 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #8: TWiV 567: Outbreaks and a breakout

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The TWiV team covers outbreaks of eastern equine encephalitis virus in the US and poliovirus in the Philippines, and explain how a chemokine induced by HIV-1 infection helps release more virus particles from cells.

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

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Brianne - History of infectious disease before/after vaccines Alan - NIH Ham Radio Club Rich - Renewable jet fuel from air Dickson - Newly Discovered Comet Is Likely Interstellar Visitor Kathy - How professors spend their time Vincent - Non-polio enterovirus surveillance network

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Alexey - Periodic Table Podcasts and Videos

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Sep 29 2019

1hr 51mins

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Rank #9: TWiV 559: Nectin connection what's your infection?

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The complete TWiV team give a report on the Ebola virus outbreak in DRC, and reveal that cell surface nectin proteins cause the transfer of cytoplasmic cargo, including measles virus, between cells.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich ConditKathy Spindler, and Brianne Barker

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Brianne - DukeMed Distinguished Award: Bill Joklik Alan - Audubon photography awards for 2019 Rich - Joklik paper on vaccinia virus mRNA; Joklik MEM Dickson- Ghost orchid pollination revealed Kathy- Crocheted petri plates Vincent- Documents relating to history of ASV

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Neva - What happens if we engineer a superbug?

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Aug 04 2019

1hr 47mins

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Rank #10: TWiV 561: Hot or not

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The Autonomous CollecTWiVe reveal two effective treatments for Ebolavirus infection, how a virus in a fungus confers heat tolerance to a plant, and dampened inflammation as a mechanism for bat tolerance to viral infection.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Brianne Barker

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Brianne - Deaf student makes sign language terms to communicate science Alan - Show Your Stripes Vincent- Sixty Years of Discovery

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Eric - This drug could end HIV - why hasn't it?

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Aug 18 2019

1hr 33mins

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Rank #11: TWiV 541: Cloaking devices

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The TWiVers present mitoviruses, which infect mitochondria, and how quasi-enveloped hepatitis A virus gets naked again.

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

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Alan- Where and when to see cherry blossoms Dickson- Nebraska floods Kathy- Peeps fungal infection experiment Vincent - Emergency declared in NY over measles, unvaccinated barred from public spaces

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Sam- STLR conversations Josh- Tree of Life

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Mar 31 2019

1hr 28mins

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Rank #12: TWiV 544: Immunogaga

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The TWiV team reveals the repertoire of anti-viral antibodies in newborn humans, and a complement protein that binds the adenovirus capsid and prevents release of the viral DNA.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler, and Brianne Barker

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Brianne - Doctors use HIV in gene therapy to fix 'bubble boy' disease Rich - I Want What My Male Colleague Has Kathy- Preventing airborne disease (video and primary article) Vincent - The Mueller Report

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Steve- Vaccine Mythbusting Cyprian- Ten simple rules towards healthier research labs

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Apr 21 2019

1hr 47mins

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Rank #13: TWiV 576: Big data in virology and public health

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From the 22nd meeting of the European Society for Clinical Virology in Copenhagen, Vincent speaks with Thea, Heli, Kim, Caroline and Irma about big data and its increasing use in virology diagnostics, epidemiology, and public health.

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Thea Kølsen Fischer, Kim Benschop, Caroline Brown, Heli Harvala, and Irma Salimovic-Besic

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Dec 01 2019

54mins

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Rank #14: TWiV 515: When virus is in retrograde

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The TWiV team notes the passing of Tom Steitz, an outbreak of acute flaccid myelitis in the US, a continuing Ebola virus outbreak in DRC, respiratory vaccinia due to inhalation of ground up rabbit skin, and how a human papillomavirus capsid protein directs virus-containing endosomes towards the nucleus.

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

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Brianne - Germ City-Microbes and the Metropolis Museum Exhibition Alan- Nikon 2018 Small World in Motion competition Kathy- Ion Torrent Sequencing (video) Dickson- 2018 Nobel Prizes Economics Kathy- Ocean-centric map Vincent - Intelligence Matters Podcast: Anthony Fauci on threats from epidemics

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Gonsalo - Cells at Work (Manga, Anime)

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Oct 14 2018

1hr 38mins

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Rank #15: TWiV 581: Alimentary particles

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For the first TWiV of 2020 we reveal that microbiome depletion with antibiotics alters the immune response to influenza vaccine, and how successive blood meals facilitate virus dissemination in mosquitoes and transmission potential.

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

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Brianne - Retrovirus cookie cutter! (and Phage, Adenovirus, Rabies virus, and Antibody Alan - “Yah! Yah! Yah!” by Jack London, and the true story it’s based on Dickson - Why whales are big but not bigger Kathy - Dual Axis Illusion Vincent - The Fall of the Faculty  by Benjamin Ginsberg

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Suellen - Patient Zero podcast

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Jan 05 2020

1hr 31mins

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Rank #16: TWiV 494: Ebola Makona is the opposite of hakuna matata

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Vincent, Kathy, and Alan review the ongoing outbreak of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the finding that mutations identified in the 2015 West African epidemic do not alter pathogenesis in animals.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

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Alan - Happy 35th birthday, PCR Kathy- Everything can be a speaker Vincent - Ocean rise due to rocks(debunked); Gates advises Trump on viruses

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Noah- David Baltimore on iBiology

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May 20 2018

1hr 12mins

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Rank #17: TWiV 545: Biocrimes and misdemeanors

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Jens Kuhn returns to TWiV to explain Select Agents, Priority Pathogens, Australia List Pathogens, Risk Group Agents, biosafety, biosecurity, and biosurety.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, and Brianne Barker

Guest: Jens Kuhn

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Jens - Forvo pronunciation guide Brianne -How long do vaccines last? Alan- How much hotter is your home town than when you were born? Dickson- 50 Stunning Photos of Earth Vincent - Madness and Memory by Stanley Prusiner

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Apr 28 2019

1hr 44mins

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Rank #18: TWiV 556: Glycolyl's not for the birds

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TWiV minus one reveals delayed neurological deficits in children without microcephaly born to Zika virus infected mothers, and N-glycolyl-neuraminic acid as a receptor for influenza A viruses.

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

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Brianne - Foldable viral capsid models and Foldable models demonstrate T numbers Alan - Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling Dickson- NASA 50th Events Kathy- Alta Obscura’s 17,069 strange and wonderful places Vincent- TWiEVO 44: The enemy of my enemy is my phage

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Anthony - Global Water Pathogen Project

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Jul 14 2019

1hr 42mins

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Rank #19: TWiV 572: Your EV-D68th nervous breakdown

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Amy joins the TWiV team to review evidence that enterovirus D68 is an etiologic agent of childhood paralysis, and her finding that the ability of the virus to infect cells of the nervous system is not a recently acquired property.

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

Guest: Amy Rosenfeld

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Amy - Enterovirus biology and pathogenesis and Acute Flaccid Myelitis Association Rich - Tesla Dickson - Nikon Small World 2019 Photo Competition Kathy - Term limits in academic leadership #1 and #2 Vincent - Coywolf: New hybrid carnivore

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Anonymous - Spill the Beans vaccinated shirts

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Nov 03 2019

2hr 1min

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Rank #20: TWiV 539: Multitudes contain me

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The TWiV hosts present two potentially seminal papers, on long-distance chemoattraction of a host by a chlorovirus, and replication of a nanovirus across multiple cells in a plant.

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

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Brianne - Why Do So Many Scientists Want to be Filmmakers Alan- Better boarding method airlines won’t use Dickson- Mass timber building Kathy- What organisms to study flow chart Vincent - World Pulls Andon Cord on 737 MAX

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Richard- The Real Cost of Knowledge Islam- 200 icosahedral viruses poster Mike- Post-Doc Me Now

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Mar 17 2019

1hr 41mins

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