Vincent and Rich return to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston to speak with Dennis Bente, Shannan Rossi, Nikos Vasilakis, and Scott Weaver about their work on viruses transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Rich Condit

Guests: Dennis Bente, Shannan Rossi, Nikos Vasilakis, and Scott Weaver

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In this week’s coverage of the coronavirus epidemic, the TWiV team discusses the fatality rate, China’s initial reaction to the outbreak, conspiracy theories, how long the virus remains infectious on surfaces, and evidence for virus in the intestinal tract.

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

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Weekly Science Picks 1:49:31

BrianneMutation, Adaptation, and Virus Genomes
Alan – The Comet
Rich – Finding Your Roots: Science Pioneers
DicksonLet’s Fill Our Cities With Taller, Wooden Buildings
VincentTwenty-first century plague by Thomas Abraham

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MarkTracking CoV infections
Sophia Legislative approaches to immunization

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The TWiVerers continue their coverage of the new coronavirus outbreak in China, as the number of cases increase dramatically and the virus begins person-to-person transmission in other countries.

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

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Weekly Science Picks 1:40:55

BriannePandemic
Alan – Educated by Tara Westover
Rich – Star Trek: Picard
DicksonHighest Resolution Image Ever Taken of Surface of the Sun
KathyScientists make vampire bats ‘glow’ to simulate vaccine spread
VincentVirology Lectures 2020

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EdwardVirus snowflake designs
AnthonyMicrobe Hunting Autism to Zika

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Coronavirus expert Ralph Baric joins TWiV to explain the virology and epidemiology of the recent zoonotic outbreak spreading across China and overseas.

Coronavirus

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

Guest: Ralph Baric

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Weekly Science Picks 1:28:03

Alan – Library plug-in for Firefox or Chrome
Rich – Sounds of the Solar Wind (Parker Solar Probe)
DicksonStunning wildlife photos
KathyIncomplete list of things that blow the minds of intro bio students
VincentMosquito photographs by Alex Wild (and anti-pick)

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JustinYadaYadaYada virus

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Vincent and Rich travel to Galveston National Laboratory to speak with Jim LeDuc, Tom Ksiazek, and Bob Tesch about their long careers as virus hunters.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Rich Condit

Guests: Jim LeDuc, Tom Ksiazek, and Bob Tesh

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Coronavirus

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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Weekly Science Picks 1:45:38

Rich – Mayo Clinic – Ken Burns; Patient Care and Health Information
Dickson – Australia Fires; Insect ecology; Smoke and aerosols
Kathyruncible
VincentWithout a Vaccine, These Are Your Odds

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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.

Aedes aegypti

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
DicksonWhy whales are big but not bigger
KathyDual Axis Illusion
VincentThe Fall of the Faculty  by Benjamin Ginsberg

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Suellen – Patient Zero podcast

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From the University of Texas at Austin, Vincent and Rich speak with Chris Sullivan about his work on miRNAs encoded in the genomes of polyomaviruses and papillomaviruses, and how an RNA triphosphatase restricts hepatitis C virus replication.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Rich Condit

Guest: Chris Sullivan

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Vincent speaks with virologists at the University of Nevada at Reno about their careers and their work on herpesviruses, arboviruses, and the development of diagnostics for infectious diseases.

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Dave AuCoin, Cyprian Rossetto, Claudia Rückert, and Subhash Verma

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Vincent speaks with members of Prometheus, a team of academic and industrial scientists assembled to develop antibody-based therapeutics against infections caused by tick-borne Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus and rodent-borne hantaviruses, for which no approved vaccines or specific drugs are available.

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Kartik Chandran, Zachary Bornholdt, Steven Bradfute, John Dye, Matthias Forsell, Jason McLellan, Laura Walker, and Cecelia Vial.

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