Science is not a liberal conspiracyHosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiVsters explain how superspreader bacteriophages release intact DNA from infected cells, and the role of astrocytes in protecting the cerebellum from virus infection.

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Weekly Science Picks 1:29:45

Alan – Skulls Unlimited
Rich – Bernard Moss Reflection
Kathy
 – Why vaccines don’t cause autism
Dickson – Honomobo
Vincent – Trump vs FDA

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Vincent Munster

NIAID’s Vincent Munster, Ph.D., during a MERS-CoV field study in Jordan, August 2013.

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Vincent Munster

At the Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, Montana, Vincent speaks with Vincent Munster about the work of his laboratory on MERS-coronavirus and Ebolaviruses.

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VSV gene orderHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiVoids discuss the March for Science, the GOF moratorium, and a classic virology paper on mapping the gene order for vesicular stomatitis virus.

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Weekly Science Picks 1:24:50

Alan – Good Omen miniseries (book)
Kathy – How to cure earworms
Dickson – Exoplanets orbits
Vincent – Outbreak News Today

Listener Pick

Tom – The Smartest Protester

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Zika-Gas6-AxlHosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The sages of TWiV explain how chronic wasting disease of cervids could be caused by spontaneous misfolding of prion protein, and the role of the membrane protein Axl in Zika virus entry into cells.

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Weekly Science Picks 1:26:55

Alan – Deerland by Al Cambronne
Kathy – You can’t unring a bell #1 and #2
Rich – Extra letters added to life’s genetic code (source) and The Doomsday Clock (wiki)
Vincent – Trump Science Advisors, National Parks Won’t Be Silenced

Listener Pick

Stefan – The Vital Question by Nick Lane
KevinScientists March on Washington?
DennisFractal Tree of Life

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Glass PoliovirusHosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiVaniellos discuss a thermostable poliovirus empty capsid vaccine, and two cell genes that act as a switch between entry and clearance of picornavirus infection.

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Weekly Science Picks 4:29:10

Alan – Medical lab whirligig
Dickson – Antarctica’s Colorful Underwater World
Kathy – Prince Rupert’s drops #1 and #2
Rich – Dylan’s 30th – Eric Clapton –Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right  (The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration)
Vincent – Saving climate data and Public Good and Public Funding of Science

Listener Pick

SuellenFor the anti-vaccine people

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Prion RoadHosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Trudy Rey

Trudy joins the the TWiVlords to discuss new tests for detecting prions in the blood, and evidence showing that foamy retroviruses originated in the seas with their jawed vertebrate hosts at least 450 million years ago.

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Weekly Science Picks 1:31:20

Trudy – Artist Jenni Viljaniemi
Alan
 – Radio Garden
Dickson – World’s First Green Energy Boat
Kathy – mSphereDirect video and web
Rich – Deathworld Trilogy by Harry Harrison
Vincent – Trump’s Vaccine Panel (NYTimes), Offit’s Response (Daily Beast), ASM Letter

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dsRNA gelHosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Jared Rice

The TWiV academia discuss induction of diarrhea by the capsid protein of an astrovirus, and association of a fungal RNA virus with white-nose syndrome of North American bats.

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Weekly Science Picks 1:21:05

Alan – GPS visualizer
Dickson – James Webb Space Telescope and The Vertical Farm
Kathy – First Snowflake Photos (One and Two)
Rich – Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
Vincent – Carrie Fisher Fought for the Rebel Alliance and Mental Health Awareness

Listener Pick

Ken – The Abate Lab
SeanThe Death of Expertise

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snow camelHosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiVestigators wrap up 2016 with a discussion of the year’s ten compelling virology stories.

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Should auld infections be forgot
And never T-cells primed?
Will cross-reacting antigens
Protect the host next time?

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Weekly Science Picks 1:41:15

Alan – North America’s Lost Medieval City
Dickson – New Views of Pillars of Creation
Kathy – Reilly Top Ten
Rich – Everyday Einstein
Vincent – Naples’ Sleeping Volcano Might Be Waking Up

Listener Pick

John – RadioLab: The Times They Are a-Changin’

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Merry virusHosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Nathan Letts

The TWiVnauts present another example of an infectious but replication incompetent vaccine, an insect specific arborvirus bearing chikungunya virus structural proteins.

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Weekly Science Picks 1:33:10

Alan – Open Access Button
Dickson – National Geographic Photographs
KathyWorld’s Tiniest Radio Receiver
NathanMutter Museum, Philadelphia
Vincent – How Rogue One is Connected to the Mac

Listener Pick

SamCell Lab: Evolution Sandbox
Hannelore – Congressional Dish
JohnyeThe Fungi in Your Future
BrendanZimmer on Longform podcast

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Cameron County TexasHosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiV gurus describe how to use an orthogonal translation system to produce infectious but replication-incompetent influenza vaccines.

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Weekly Science Picks 1:38:35

Alan – Superbugs game
Dickson – Dinosaur tail trapped in amber
Rich – Earth’s Rotation is Slowing (original article)
Kathy – Lithium Ion batteries (one and two)
Vincent – Truth and Lies in the Age of Trump (virology blog) and self driving Uber car

Listener Pick

Steve – New York City Street Tree Map
Justin – Transmissible vaccines?

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