TWiP 24: Onchocerca volvulus, a vector-borne, filarial nematode

onchocerca microfilariaHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

On episode #24 of the podcast This Week in Parasitism, Vincent and Dickson discuss the life cycle and pathogenesis of Onchocerca volvulus, the vector-borne filarial nematode parasite that causes onchocerciasis, or river blindness.

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TWiV 126: Wart’s up, doc?

michelle ozbunHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Michelle Ozbun

On episode #126 of the podcast This Week in Virology, virologist Michelle Ozbun and the TWiV team review the biology of human papillomaviruses.

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Michelle – HIV-1 utilizes chemokine receptor CXCR4 to enter stem cells (PubMed)
Dickson – Bengladesh bans sale of palm sap (NY Times)
Rich – The Medusa and the Snail by Lewis Thomas (“On Warts” – pdf)
Alan – Planting Science – students, teachers, and scientists collaborate on botany experiments
Vincent – CIDRAP – Center for Disease Research and Policy

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TWiM 3: Anthrax, genomics, and the FBI inquiry

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Cliff Mintz, Jo Handelsman, and Ronald Atlas.

On episode #3 of the podcast This Week in Microbiology, Vincent, Jo, Cliff, and Ron explore the genome analysis done in support of the Amerithrax investigation, and an insecticidal enterotoxin-deficient mutant of Bacillus thurigiensis.

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TWiP 21: The giant intestinal worm, Ascaris lumbricoides

ascaris adultsHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

On episode 21 of the podcast This Week in Parasitism, Vincent and Dickson review the biology and pathogenesis of Ascaris lumbricoides, one of the largest nematodes to infect humans.

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TWiP 20: The whipworm Trichuris trichiura

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

On episode 20 of the podcast This Week in Parasitism, Vincent and Dickson continue their discussion of nematodes with the whipworm Trichuris trichiura.

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TWiV 109: Virologia en México

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rosa Maria del Angel, and Ana Lorena Gutiérrez

On episode #109 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent visits Mexico City and speaks with Rosa Maria del Angel and Ana Lorena Gutiérrez about virology in Mexico, and their work on dengue and caliciviruses.

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Lorena – Caliciviruses by Hansman, Jiang, and Green
Vincent –
Insights into dengue virus genome replication by Alcaraz-Estrada, Yocupicio, and del Angel

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TWiV 103: Shots with LJ Tan

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and LJ Tan

On Episode 103 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Alan discuss influenza vaccines with LJ Tan of the American Medical Association.

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Alan – BioGene, an iApp
Vincent – The Vertical Farm by Dickson Despommier

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TWiV #101: Sizing up adenovirus

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

On episode #101 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, Rich, Dickson, and Hamish review the three-dimensional structure of adenovirus, and the role of adenovirus type 36 in obesity.

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Alan – National Geographic’s Best Environmental Photographs of 2010
Rich –
Richard Feynman lecture: The pleasure of finding things out
Vincent – Summary of the First International XMRV Workshop (pdf)

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How much TWiV do you want?

Now that we have reached the 100th episode of TWiV, I’d like to ask our listeners a question that I have been pondering for the past 50 episodes: Is a weekly virology podcast too much? I have the feeling that most listeners don’t have the time to hear every episode, but I don’t have the data to reach a conclusion. Please take a moment to respond to the poll below and let us know how often you would like to have TWiV.

TWiV 100: TWiV catches a big fish

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and David Baltimore

Vincent, Alan, and Rich celebrate the 100th episode of the podcast This Week in Virology by talking about viruses with Nobel Laureate David Baltimore.

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Alan – TimeTree
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The neurons that shaped civilization
Vincent – Ahead of the Curve: David Baltimore’s Life in Science by Shane Crotty

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