twortHosts: Alan Dove and Rich Condit

Alan and Rich tackle the discovery of bacteriophages, and treating influenza by calming the cytokine storm.

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Alan – AT&T Tech Channel
Rich –
Smallpox and its eradication (pdf)

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AsifScience Photo Library

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zinc finger nucleaseHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, and Alan Dove

Vincent, Rich, and Alan discuss live blogging of scientific meetings, the current outbreak of Hendra virus is Australia, and using zinc finger nucleases to make HIV-resistant CD4 cells.

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Alan – Bugscope
Rich –
Vaccine adverse events: Causal or coincidental? (Lancet)
Vincent – West Nile Story by Dickson Despommier (Kindle edition)

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asv minneapolisHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Julie Overbaugh, and Stacey Schultz-Cherry

Vincent, Rich, Julie and Stacey recorded TWiV at the 30th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Virology in Minneapolis, where they discussed the role of neutralizing antibodies in protection against HIV-1 infection, and astroviruses, agents of gastroenteritis.

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Rich – Iter – building a fusion reactor
Vincent – American girls sweep at Google science fair (NY Times)

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JingBees by Rudolph Steiner

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seneca valley virusHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, and Alan Dove

Vincent, Rich, and Alan discuss a method for identifying viruses of individual environmental bacteria, and the using a picornavirus for oncotherapy.

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Alan – Germlines podcast
Rich – science360
Vincent – Google+

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AngusScience Weekly with Alok Jha

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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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