TWiV explains that COVID-19 is not harmless for young adults, FAA approval for Pfizer mRNA vaccine, lack of justification for the claim of reverse transcription of SARS-CoV-2 RNA and integration into the human genome, and lack of evidence for increased transmission by new variants in the UK.

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

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Weekly Science Picks 1:55:44

Dickson2020 Audubon Photography Winners
BrianneCOVID-19 Changed Science Forever
AlanEntangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake
RichLie of the Year: Coronavirus downplay and denial; John 18:38
VincentHow New York City Vaccinated 6 Million People in Less Than a Month (my article from 2009)

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Daniel Griffin provides his weekly clinical report on COVID-19, including thoughts on the first immunizations with Pfizer mRNA vaccine, the anticipated EUA for the Moderna vaccine, whether the vaccine prevents infection, not just disease, monoclonal antibody therapy, and much more.

Hosts: Daniel Griffin and Vincent Racaniello

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On this episode, TWiV makes Bloomberg Business News 2020 Jealousy List, crushing of CDC revealed by insiders, seasonal influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic, FDA briefing documents from Moderna, and three-quarters attack rate of SARS-CoV-2 during an unmitigated epidemic in Brazil.

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

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Weekly Picks 1:34:05

BrianneFears of a ‘Twindemic’ Recede as Flu Lies Low
KathyFaculty Equity & COVID-19 UM ADVANCE
Rich‘Sistine Chapel of the ancients’ rock art
VincentWinners of ASM Agar Art Contest 2020

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Johnye2020 Year of the Vax t-shirt (and more)

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On this episode, FDA EUA for Pfizer mRNA vaccine, efficacy of AstraZeneca ChAdOx1 COVID-19 vaccine, and an orally administered drug that blocks SARS-CoV-2 transmission in ferrets.

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

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Weekly Science Picks 1:42:53

Dickson2020 In Photos: A Year Like No Other
BrianneCooking for Geeks
AlanOn Food and Cooking
RichNASA Artemis (Wiki)
VincentThe virus, the bats, and us

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Daniel Griffin provides his weekly clinical report on COVID-19, including the anticipated EUA for the Pfizer mRNA vaccine, mitigation strategies in early care and education settings, expressive aphasia, and much more.

Hosts: Daniel Griffin and Vincent Racaniello

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SciArtist Laura Splan joins TWiV to reveal her transdisciplinary work that intersects science, technology, design and culture, then we discuss an inverse correlation between mumps virus antibodies induced by MMR vaccine and COVID-19 severity, and whether ivermectin is indicated for treatment of COVID-19.

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

Guest: Laura Splan

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Weekly Picks 1:51:36

Brianne – Patterns for Virus snowflakes
Kathy – 2020 Nobel Prize lectures (hepatitis C) (link to all and concert) Historical review by Harvey Alter
RichNew Data Confirm 2020 SO is Upper Centaur Rocket Booster from 1960’s (Wiki)
VincentThe Right Stuff

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MiikaelTiny tweak behind COVID-19 vaccines

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TWiV reviews the difficulties in predicting species susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 infection by only examining the ACE2 protein, and the olfactory mucosa as a portal of entry into the central nervous system in COVID-19 patients.

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

Guest: Amy Rosenfeld

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Weekly Science Picks 1:38:52

DicksonNational Geographic best animal photos of 2020
AmyAmerican Contagions: Epidemics and the law from Smallpox to COVID-19 by John Fabian Witt
AlanHamSCI citizen science organization
RichDeepMind’s AI makes gigantic leap in solving protein structures
VincentArmy Ants: Nature’s Ultimate Social Hunters by Daniel Kronauer

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Daniel Griffin provides his weekly clinical report on COVID-19, including analysis of vitamin D levels in patients, information on Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, distribution plans suggested by ACIP, and more.

Hosts: Daniel Griffin and Vincent Racaniello

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On this episode, UK grants EUA for Pfizer vaccine, advice for CDC on who to immunize first, news from Das Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 protease regulates innate responses, and viral mRNAs are not an indication of viral replication.

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

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Weekly Picks 1:34:45

BriannePedromics
KathyGlobal map at Mars opposition
RichJaneway’s Immunobiology
VincentJanet Iwasa’s Animation Lab

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Cheryl – BioRender.com holiday card templates

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Peter Hotez joins TWiV to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, including why it went out of control in the US, the hijacking of public health practices by anti-science extremist groups, prospects for control, and whether we will be prepared for the next one.

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

Guest: Peter Hotez

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Weekly Science Picks 2:06:06

DicksonThe World’s First Energy-Positive Hotel to Open in Norway
BrianneThe Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science
AlanACIP’s ethical principles for COVID-19 vaccine allocation
RichThe Mandolorian
VincentT. rex and the Crater of Doom by Walter Alvarez

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