The_Persistence_of_MemoryHosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson Despommier, and Alan Dove

Vincent, Dickson, and Alan discuss STEP HIV-1 vaccine failure caused by the adenovirus vector, presence of West Nile virus in kidneys for years after initial infection, adaptation of the influenza viral RNA polymerase for replication in human cells, and the significance of the D225G change in the influenza HA protein.

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original-sinHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dick muse about the symbiotic bacterium, Wolbachia, that protects flies from viral infection, the origin of 2009 influenza H1N1 virus, and the lure of original antigenic sin.

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Information is Beautiful – is swine flu vaccine safe?

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Hosts:Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dick continue Virology 101 with a discussion of how RNA viruses produce mRNA and replicate their genomes.



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Worms and Germs Blog

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rabies_baitHosts:Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, Rich Condit, Gustavo Palacios, and Mady Hornig

A TWiV panel of five considers the finding of Streptococcus pneumoniae in fatal H1N1 cases in Argentina, hysteria in the Ukraine over pandemic influenza, and human vaccinia infection after contact with a raccoon rabies vaccine bait.

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MicrobeWorld app for iPhone and iTouch (iTunes or MicrobeWorld)

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NiV_brainHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dick Despommier, Alan Dove, and Joshua Stillman

Vincent, Dick, and Alan are joined by emergency medicine physician Dr. Joshua Stillman to talk about passive antibody therapy for Nipah infection in ferrets, annual influenza immunization of children, facemasks to prevent influenza, predicting dengue outbreaks by the weather, and the amazing viral communities in an icy Antarctic lake.

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Cheap Google accounts storage and How CDC estimates flu cases

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spfhs_photo5Host: Vincent Racaniello

Vincent visited Scotch Plains – Fanwood High School and talked about viruses with high school biology students.

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twiv-timelineHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dick Despommier, Alan Dove, and Cliff Mintz

Vincent, Dick, Alan, and Cliff answer questions from listeners on swine influenza origins, transmission, virulence, and vaccines, HIV and AIDS, and more.

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Dick 27″ iMac and Powers of Ten by Philip Morrison and Phyllis Morrison
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Cliff ePatient Connections 2009
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Cell size and scale

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flying-turkeyHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dick Despommier, Alan Dove, Jason Rodriguez, and Rich Condit

The largest TWiV panel ever assembled takes on XMRV and chronic fatigue syndrome, 2009 chemistry Nobel prizes for ribosome structure, finding new poxvirus vaccine candidates, a brouhaha over leaked Canadian data on influenza susceptibility, and transmission of H1N1 influenza to a pet ferret.

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Jason The Collider, the Particle and a Theory About Fate
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An Epidemic of Fear and Misinformants at Wired Magazine

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enquist-xianHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Lynn Enquist

Vincent speaks with Lynn Enquist about his career in virology, moving from academia to industry and back. Along the way he did pioneering research on bacteriophage, participated in the birth of recombinant DNA technology, and studied herpesviruses.

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Telomere_capsHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dick Despommier, and Alan Dove

Vincent, Dick, and Alan talk about Nobel prizes for telomere research, bacteriophages that protect aphids from wasps, salicylates and pandemic influenza mortality, and hand washing.

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