West Nile virus mosquitoesThe TWiV scientists reveal that mosquitoes transmit different West Nile virus populations with each blood meal, only to have the diversity purged in a bird host.

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

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Weekly Science Picks

Kathy – Approaching Jupiter and Michigan parents about vaccination
Rich – Math Limericks from Futility Closet
Alan
NASA flyover of Pluto
Vincent – Talk show host nominated as USDA chief scientist

Listener Pick

Neil – These smart girls are here to debunk anti-vaxxer nonsense
John – John Sever AMA

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no diceBen tenOever joins the TWiVoli to discuss the evolution of RNA interference and his lab’s finding that RNAse III nucleases, needed for the maturation of cellular RNAs, are an ancient antiviral RNA recognition platform in all domains of life.

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

Guest: Ben tenOever

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Weekly Science Picks 1:16:05

Ben – Invisible Invaders by Peter Radetsky
Kathy –
ASV 2017 Virolympics Crossword solved (pdf) and National Museum of the Air Force
Rich – Columbia river gorge and Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose
Dickson –
All the World’s Earthquakes
Alan
Map of Roman roads
Vincent – Brain atlas of fly behavior

Listener Pick

Rob – Vaccinate Your Kids and Charles Darwin Natural Selection
Islam – Self-assembling virus and Virus Patterns

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TWiV 449The 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 DespommierAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

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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

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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 DespommierAlan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Mavis Agbandje-McKenna

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This episode of TWiV is sponsored by Promega Corporation.  Promega is a leader in providing innovative solutions and technical support to the life science industry. The company’s 3,500 products support scientists’ worldwide to advance their knowledge in genomics, proteomics, cellular analysis, drug discovery and human identification. Founded in 1978, the company is headquartered in Madison, WI with branches in 16 countries and over 50 global distributors.

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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

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TWiV 448 team

raspberry setup microbetv syThe 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 DespommierAlan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Weekly Science Picks 1:32:35

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

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pipet washerThe 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 DespommierAlan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Weekly Science Picks 1:29:35

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

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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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From ASM Microbe 2017 at New Orleans, Vincent and Rich meet up with 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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Libelous blogsDavid 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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Ladybird on parasitoid cocoonThe 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 RacanielloAlan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Weekly Science Picks 1:28:25

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

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