Category Archives: TWiV

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TWiV 297: Ebola! Don’t panic

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

The TWiVites present an all-ebolavirus episode, tackling virology, epidemiology, and approaches to prevention and cure that are in the pipeline.

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TWiV 295: A nonslip grippe and Lassa’s LAMP

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

The TWiVome discusses a miRNA based strategy to mitigate risk of gain of function studies, and identification of a second receptor required for Lassa virus entry.

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TWiV 294: Smallpox and anthrax and flu, oh my!

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

The TWiV team reviews the discovery of old vials of smallpox virus at NIH, anthrax and influenza mishaps at CDC, the baby who was not cured of HIV, Cambridge Working Group, and sacking of NSABB members.

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TWiV 283: No Reston for the weary

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

Guest: Jens H. Kuhn

Jens speaks with the TWiV team about filoviruses, including the recent Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea.

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TWiV 280: Post viral

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

The TWiVmeisters answer listener email about the NEIDL, negative results, patenting MERS-coronavirus, human papillomavirus transmission, canine distemper virus, and much, much more.

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TWiV 279: The missing LNC

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan, and Kathy reveal how a retrovirus in the human genome keeps embryonic stem cells in a pluripotent state, from where they can differentiate into all cells of the body.

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How to think about autism risk and Autism prevalence
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TWiV 278: Flushing HIV down the zinc

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Dickson, Alan, and Kathy discuss disruption of the ccr5 gene in lymphocytes of patients infected with HIV-1.

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TWiV 274: Data dump

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

The TWiV team discusses recent cases of polio-like paralysis in California, and the virome of 14th century paleofeces.

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TWiV 272: Give peas a chance

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

The TWiV team describes aphid control by using a viral capsid protein to deliver a spider toxin to plants, and a human endogenous retrovirus that enhances expression of a neuronal gene.

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TWiV 271: To bee, or not to bee, that is the infection

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

The TWiV crew discusses two reports on viruses that might have crossed kingdoms, from plants to honeybees and from plants to vertebrates.

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