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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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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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

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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

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

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Cafeteria roenbergensisHosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiVrific gang reveal how integration of a virophage into the nuclear genome of a marine protozoan enhances host survival after infection with a giant virus.

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Weekly Science Picks 1:26:00

Alan – Lab Wars
Dickson – Star in a Jar Fusion Reactor
Rich –You’re a Bee. This is What it Feels Like.
Kathy – List of Potential Predatory Journals
Vincent – CRISPR Patent Trial Begins

Listener Pick

Drake – Spinzall
KatreyaPeriodic Videos
PriteshSmallpox in mummy

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Wall of Semliki and ChikungunyaHosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiVsters describe a new animal model for MERS coronavirus-induced acute respiratory distress syndrome, produced by CRISPR/Cas9 editing of the mouse gene encoding an ortholog of the virus receptor.

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Alan – Human population through time
Dickson – Every Orbit Cassini Has Taken
Rich – OK GO: Walk Her Walk
Kathy – Medieval Bestiary Online
Vincent – Can You Out-Science an Eighth Grader? and Stitchen Pox (jpg)

Listener Pick

HannahBioart and Bacteria

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Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Gary Nabel

Vincent speaks with Gary Nabel, Chief Scientific Officer at Sanofi and former Director of the Vaccine Research Institute of NIAID, about his career and his work on HIV vaccines.

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ChupacabraHosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The Fellowship of the Virus trace the early history of HIV in North America, based on genome sequences obtained from late 1970s archival sera, which also reveal that Gaetan Dugas was not Patient Zero.

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Check out the graduate and postdoctoral programs at the Department of Microbiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Deadline for applying to the graduate program is 1 December 2016. For more information about the Department, please visit http://bit.ly/micromssm 4:30

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Weekly Science Picks 1:35:50

Alan – VP8SGI
Dickson – New leaf-shaped spider discovered
Rich – Dance of Earth and Venus About the Sun
Kathy – Cultivar Series, Mutatoes, Uli Westphal site
Vincent – Kung Fu Mantis vs Jumping Spider

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Eucyclops agilisHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The multi-dimensional TWiV-brane brings you the entries in the haiku/limerick contest, and explain how a giant virus infects a host within another host (it has to do with predators!).

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Check out the graduate and postdoctoral programs at the Department of Microbiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Deadline for applying to the graduate program is 1 December 2016. For more information about the Department, please visit http://bit.ly/micromssm 5:55

Register for the 2017 ASM Grant Writing Online course. 1:50:25

Weekly Science Picks 1:51:00

AlanCubes in Space
DicksonThe Architecture of Eden by H. Pearlman and A. Whalley
RichStudying the building blocks of life in stereo (original paper)
KathyAncient bottom wipes yield evidence of diseases (original paper)
VincentIguana vs snakes

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