vaccine vialHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Dickson Despommier

Vincent, Alan, Rich, and Dickson review influenza vaccines.

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Rich – Repoopulate (original article), Robogut (new clinical trial)
Alan – WTF, Evolution?
Dickson – The Beauty and Benefits of Science
VincentSupercomputing modeling of poliovirus

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Bjorn, Marshall, MeaghanGlass sculptures of Luke Jerram

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splicingHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan, Rich, and Kathy resume the virology 101 series with a discussion of RNA capping, splicing, and export.

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Rich – Linus Pauling’s explanation of science (YouTube)
Alan – Underwater experiments
Kathy – I’m a virus (YouTube)
VincentStem cells (Bizarro Comics)

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Tom – The President’s Analyst
Danielle – Overly honest methods (HuffPost and ASBMB Today)

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Virus in the gardenHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan, and Kathy review the finding that rabies virus infection alters but does not kill neurons, and provide an update on the novel coronavirus in the Middle East.

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Alan – I’m a Scientist – The Film
Kathy – Humorous units of measurement (Wikipedia)
VincentOpen access must enable open use (Nature)

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Tarwin – Plague Inc.

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raccoon tumorHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan, and Kathy discuss how coagulation factor X binding to adenovirus activates the innate immune system, and a novel polyomavirus associated with brain tumors in raccoons.

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Alan – Parasite of the Day
Kathy – Tour of International Space Station
VincentEarth as Art

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Robin – Angell on Big Pharma
MichaelFlu jokes
Jim – Database of Ted talks; Downloadable Ted Talks

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TWiV Team in BSL4 suitsHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich ConditAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

In their final episode of the year, the TWiV team reviews twelve cool virology stories from 2012.

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Twelve virology stories from 2012:

  1. H5N1 (TWiV 190, 182, 177, 173, 168)
  2. Polymorphisms that control susceptibility (TWiV 175, 180)
  3. New virus receptors (TWiV 166, 210)
  4. XMRV: Last nail in the coffin (TWiV special)
  5. Polio eradication troubles in Pakistan (NY Times one, two, three; virology blog)
  6. Biomedical research crisis (TWiV 208184189194)
  7. Polydnaviruses in parasitoid wasps (TWiV 179)
  8. Carolyn Coyne’s placental barrier story (TWiV 193)
  9. Touring NEIDL (TWiV 200)
  10. Epidemiology (TWiV 169, 178)
  11. A good year for virus hunting (173, 183, 195, 196, 198, 199, 204)
  12. Pox accordion (TWiV 198)

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Rich – Our Mr. Sun (IMDB entry) (wiki)
Alan – PubReader from NCBI announcement and instructions
Kathy – Popular Mechanics 110 picks for the next 110 years
Vincent366 days: Nature’s 10

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Matt – The flu vaccine controversy

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Stuart FiresteinHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Stuart Firestein

Vincent and Stuart discuss why ignorance – all of what we don’t know, and even what we don’t know we don’t know – is the driving force of science.

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fungal snowmanHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich ConditAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiVerers answer listener email about genetically modified chickens, a hendra vaccine for horses, online education, curing color blindness, Roosevelt and polio, Th cells, and much more.

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Rich – Overview
Alan – Notes towards the complete works of Shakespeare
Kathy – Correlation vs. Causation (#1, #2, #3)
VincentPeriodically inspired

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Mark – Life of a Nature paper
RicardoThings don’t go viral

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich ConditSanta HBVAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiV four discuss an mRNA-based influenza vaccine, and a phage tubulin that forms a filamentous array in the host cell that is needed for positioning viral DNA.

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Rich – Ocean Global Shark Tracker
Alan – The Field Book Project
Kathy – How to manipulate an army of zombies
VincentScience sculpture

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Stephen – WEHI.TV

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VPg linked to RNAHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich ConditDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

The complete TWiV team reviews identification of the cell receptor for hepatitis B and D viruses, and the cell enzyme that cleaves the genome-linked protein from picornaviral RNA.

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Rich – Vendée Globe
Dickson – Earth at night
Alan – Trophée Jules Verne
Kathy – Science cookies
VincentTrilobite Glassworks

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Ken – Spanish flu pandemic model (teacher’s guide)
JimSanta Cruz Science Communication Program (also see SHERP)

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phage papercraftHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Dickson, Alan, and Kathy answer listener email about deformed wing virus, West Nile virus, FluMist, influenza in Canada, viruses and the tree of life, and more.

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Dickson – Cassini web site and Mars reconnaissance orbiter
Alan – OneZoom Tree of Life
Kathy – Viral tumor suppressor structure (Cell)
Vincent
Spot the Station

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Ricardo – Once upon a time: The possible story of viruses
JimEncode, myIDP, Experiment Reproduction podcasts
Mark – MoMath

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