This Week in Virology

TWiV is a weekly netcast about viruses - the kind that make you sick. Brought to you by four university professors and a science writer.


TWiV #23 - Extreme virology

Vincent, Dick, and Alan review a new macaque model for HIV-1 infection, a possible role for Epstein-Barr virus in multiple sclerosis, accidental release of H5N1 by a vaccine company, resistance of frogs to virus infection, and extreme virology - the biggest and smallest viruses and viral genomes.

Links for this episode:

  • Harold Varmus on The Daily Show
  • Macaque model for HIV-1 infection (photo of pig-tailed macaque)
  • Possible role of Epstein-Barr virus in multiple sclerosis
  • Accidental distribution of H5N1 influenza virus by pharmaceutical company
  • Major histocompatibility class I marker and frog resistance to viral infection
  • Smallest virion and DNA genome: Circovirus
  • Largest virion and DNA genome: Mimivirus
  • Biggest RNA genome: (we forgot to mention on the show!) Coronavirus SW1
  • List of viral genome lengths at NCBI
  • Sputnik virophage
  • Papers for Macintosh and iPhone

Science blog of the week: H5N1 by Croft
Science podcast pick of the week: MicrobeWorld video
Science book of the week: Autism’s False Prophets by Paul A. Offit, MD (podcast with Dr. Ginger Campbell)


 2009-03-08  49m