hcv miceHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich ConditDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Matt Evans

Matt Evans joins Vincent, Rich, Dickson, and Alan to deconstruct a mouse model for hepatitis C virus infection.

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Matt – Benezra letter to NIH (pdf); (NIH response and Nature commentary)
Dickson –
The Big Thirst by Charles Fishman
Alan –
Earth’s First Steps by Jerry MacDonald
Rich – Final space shuttle launch and NIAID paylines
Vincent – Hertog Global Strategy Initiative

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cd4 aptamer

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Judy Lieberman

Vincent, Alan, Rich, and Judy Lieberman review the use of CD4 aptamer-siRNA chimeras to inhibit HIV transmission.

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Alan – Inside insides
Rich – Rock stars of science
Vincent – A new open-access journal, and Francis Collins on NIH budget

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Kathy – Scientists and musicians compare notes (NPR)

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mimivirusHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Dickson Despommier

Vincent, Alan, and Dickson discuss the reduction in genome size of Mimivirus upon passage in amoeba, and analysis of the microbiome of honeybees.

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Alan – Life Before the Dinosaurs by ABC
Dickson – Inside Jokes by Matthew M. Hurley
Vincent – The Tree of Life by Jonathan Eisen

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Lance – A History of the World since 9/11 by Dominic Streatfeild

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Drosophila melanogasterHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Raul Andino

Vincent meets up with Raul Andino in San Francisco to discuss the RNAi-based antiviral defense system of Drosophila, the fruit fly, and how it is antagonized by viruses.

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dog_humanHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, Dickson Despommier, Amit Kapoor, and Ian Lipkin

The TWiV team speaks with Amit Kapoor and Ian Lipkin about how they discovered canine hepacivirus, and its implications for the origin and evolution of hepatitis C virus.

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Alan – What do marine mammals eat? (YouTube)
Rich
NIH rocket boys
Dickson – Cytomegalovirus needs an antiviral protein (Science)
Vincent – All pdfs free at National Academy of Science Press

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Adriana and Ye Jung  – The man who was cured of AIDS (article one and two)

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nude mouseHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Stephen Goff

Retrovirologist Stephen Goff joins Vincent, Rich, and Alan for a discussion of recent papers on the retrovirus XMRV and its association with chronic fatigue syndrome and prostate cancer.

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Alan – The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan
Rich
– Trends in annual rates of death (pdf)
Stephen – Unexpected inheritance (PLoS Pathogens)
Vincent – Beyond the human eye

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Raihan  – Bruce Aylward: How we’ll stop polio for good (YouTube)

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ASM GM New OrleansHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Roger Hendrix, Rachel Katzenellenbogen, and Harmit Malik

Vincent and guests Rachel Katzenellenbogen, Roger Hendrix, and Harmit Malik recorded TWiV #135 live at the 2011 ASM General Meeting in New Orleans, where they discussed transformation and oncogenesis by human papillomaviruses, the amazing collection of bacteriophages on the planet, and the evolution of genetic conflict between virus and host.

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Roger – Atomic structure of adenovirus by cry0-EM (Science)
Harmit
Syncytin knockout mice show role for endogenous retroviral gene (PNAS)
Vincent – Free science, one paper at a time by David Dobbs

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Mark  – Shot by Shot

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norovirusHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Stephanie Karst

Vincent, Rich, Alan, and Dickson review noroviruses with Stephanie Karst, PhD.

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Stephanie – Effectors of the type I interferon response (Nature)
Dickson – Receptor for Ebola virus (PNAS)
Rich
A History of Vaccines
Alan – The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
Vincent – ASM Live 2011 webcast

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Sophie  – TED talk app for iPad and iPhone

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Dr. Kathleen CollinsHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Kathleen Collins

Vincent, Rich, Alan, and Dickson discuss the cellular reservoir of HIV-1 with Kathleen Collins, MD, PhD.

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Kathleen – TRIM5 is an innate immune sensor (Nature)
Rich – A Biologist’s Mothers Day Song (YouTube)
Alan – World of Viruses
Vincent – Magnet Balls (Amazon)

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Chris  – Periodic Tales by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

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alfred sacchettiHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Alfred Sacchetti

Vincent, Rich, Alan, and Dickson speak with Alfred Sacchetti, MD, Chief of Emergency Services at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, about viral infections encountered in the emergency room.

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Al – The Physics of Superheroes and NKT Watch
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Fibonacci Fun by Trudi Hammel Garland and Rachel Gage
RichRetraction Watch
Alan – Neil deGrasse’s comments on UFOs, argument from ignorance, and scientific method (YouTube)
Destanie
Microcosm by Carl Zimmer
Vincent – The intestinal microbiota and viral susceptibility

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Jim  – Extraordinary Measures

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