TWiV 125 – TWiV infects FiB

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Marc Pelletier

This Week in Virology and Futures in Biotech join together in a science mashup to talk about a virophage at the origin of DNA transposons, and unintended spread of a recombinant retrovirus.

Click the arrow above to play, or right-click to download TWiV #125 (59 MB .mp3, 81 minutes).

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Weekly Science Picks

Marc – JotNot
Dickson – New bunyavirus in China (NEJM)
Rich – Listening to the Deep Ocean Environment (LIDO) recording of the Hatsushima earthquake (ScienceDaily article) – thanks Bridget!
Alan –Walter and Ina: A Story of Love, War, and Science
Vincent – Icosahedral light fixture (thanks, Eric!)

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I joined Marc Pelletier and Ruedi Aebersold on futures-in-biotechepisode 76 of Futures in Biotech for a conversation about how mass spectrometry has become one of the most important technologies in our move towards personalized medicine. We also talk about systems biology, a topic we first discussed in TWiV #121.

Click the arrow above to play, or right-click to download FiB #76 (33 MB .mp3, 68 minutes)

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I joined Marc Pelletier on futures-in-biotechepisode 60 of Futures in Biotech for a conversation with Dave Brodbeck, George Farr, and Andre Nantel. We talked about primate face recognition, discovery of a new antiviral compound to treat hepatitis C virus infection, changing the length of a codon from three to four bases, and the sequence of the neanderthal genome.

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Download FiB #60 (44 MB .mp3, 91 minutes)

Video courtesy of Team ODTV

 

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futures-in-biotechI joined host Dr. Marc Pelletier on the TWiT podcast ‘Futures in Biotech’ to interview influenza virologist Dr. Peter Palese, professor and chair of microbiology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. We talk about influenza and why Dr. Palese revived a virus that killed 50 million people.

Download Futures in Biotech 40: Virus Reborn or subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.