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TWiV 300: So happy together

Recording together for the first time, the hosts of the science show This Week in Virology celebrate their 300th recording at the American Society for Microbiology headquarters in Washington, DC, where Vincent  speaks with Dickson, Alan, Rich, and Kathy about their careers in science.

You can find TWiV #300 at

Celebrating 300 episodes of This Week in Virology

TWiV 300This Week in Virology, the podcast about viruses – the kind that may or may not make you sick, celebrates its 300th episode on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 with a live recording at the Washington, DC headquarters of the American Society for Microbiology. This special episode will be part of the ‘Microbes after Hours’ series, and will feature the TWiV hosts Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler recording together in person for the first time.

TWiV 300 will be live-streamed, but if you live in the Washington, DC area, you are welcome to join us and watch the episode in person. We have a limited number of seats available on a first come, first serve basis. Click the RSVP link below to register.

Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Reception from 6-7 PM at ASM Headquarters, 1752 N Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036-2904

TWiV 300th Episode live from 7-8 PM RSVP required to attend.

ASM General Meeting 2013 Denver

Just finished recording episodes of TWiV and TWiM at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Denver, Colorado. Here are some behind the scenes photos. Podcast episodes will be published later this week.

ASM Live!Maloy and RayperAndrea and Ray on the camsASM Live! teamSuspect deviceProducer Chris Suspect
Ray on cameraTWiV audienceTWiV 234 panelShenk, EldeTWiV fansKen Stedman
TWiM audienceTWiM panelDenver storm arriving

TWiV 233: We’re surrounded

On episode #233 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent, Rich, Alan and Kathy review aerosol transmission studies of influenza H1N1 x H5N1 reassortants, H7N9 infections in China, and the MERS coronavirus.

You can find TWiV #233 at

Virology class at Montana State University

In August this year I received the following note from Michele Hardy, Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Montana State University:

I’m writing to ask if you’d be willing to participate in my  undergraduate/graduate virology course this fall.   We have several guests per semester that we Skype in to talk with students.  I was thinking of you as a guest to talk with them about poliovirus, but also about your role in TWiV.  It’s not a lecture format, instead teams of students will research your work and come up with a set of questions that we would provide to you in advance.  In the past they’ve asked specifically about research areas, but also are really interested in what people’s backgrounds are, how they got to be where they are now, etc. We give them pretty much free reign to ask whatever they want to, whether it’s virus-specific or not.  Our goal is to get them excited about virology and so we don’t put restrictions on what they’re allowed to talk about.  Sometimes they stick to the questions they submit, others they take whatever direction the discussion goes.  There are ~60 students, 8-10 of them are graduate students.  We encourage them to listen to TWiV a few times a semester so I think they’ll be excited to talk with you.  Thanks for considering this, I look forward to hearing from you.

This past Monday I joined the class via Skype. The questions ranged from how I became interested in and use social media, to polio eradication. Listen to our conversation by clicking the arrow below.

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Update: Received a nice thank you card from the class:

Bozeman class 2012

How to read a scientific paper

On episode #169 of This Week in Virology we had a good discussion about how to read a scientific paper. Many individuals have asked about making this into a separate audio file, so here it is.

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Click the arrow above to play, or right-click this link to download our thoughts on how to read a scientific paper (22 MB .mp3, 30 minutes).

Transcript of this discussion (pdf).

Epidemiologist Michael Walsh has shared a PowerPoint presentation on this topic (482 KB PowerPoint file).

TWiV live in Dublin

Join us for a live-streaming episode of This Week in Virology from the Society for General Microbiology 2012 Spring Conference in Dublin, Ireland. My guests for this special episode are Connor Bamford, Wendy BarclayRichard Elliott, and Ron Fouchier.  Watch the live stream below which starts on Monday, 26 March at 3:30 PM GMT (10:30 AM EST | 7:30 AM PST). If you have questions during the broadcast you can tweet them using the #TWiV hash tag.

You can use to calculate when the live streams will start in your area.

If you are using an iOS device, you will not be able to see the live stream below as it is flash encoded.

(If you don’t see the video and it is after 3:15 GMT, please refresh the page.)

TWiV 166: Breaking and entering

npc1 ebolaHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierRich Condit, and Alan Dove

Vincent, Dickson, Rich, and Alan review cell proteins essential for entry of hepatitis C, Ebola, and measles viruses.

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Click the arrow above to play, or right-click to download TWiV 166 (59 MB .mp3,  98 minutes).

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TWiV 154 transcript

Thanks to TWiV listener Janet for transcribing episode #154, ‘Symbiotic safecrackers’. A pdf file of the transcript can be found on the post for that episode. A list of the episode transcripts is also available.

TWiV transcripts are all listener-generated, for which we are extremely grateful. If you would like to transcribe an episode, please let me know at, to avoid duplication of effort. We will provide a TWiV coffee mug as a token of our gratitude.