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.


episode 836: OMG, Omicron!

TWiV reveals all that we know so far about the variant of concern B.1.1.529, also called Omicron, and describes a study on the ability of the alpha, beta, and delta variants to reproduce in cells in culture and induce membrane fusion.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Kathy Spindler, and Brianne Barker

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Links for this episode
  • Omicron genome changes (Covariants)
  • Omicron shared changes with other variants (Covariants)
  • Update on Omicron (WHO)
  • Spike polymutant PMS20 (bioRxiv)
  • Syncytium formation of variants of concern (EMBO J)
  • Variants as super cell fusers (EMBO J)
  • Letters read on TWiV 836
  • Timestamps by Jolene. Thanks!
Weekly Picks

Brianne – Immune
Kathy – Elizabeth Lee Hazen and Rachel Fuller Brown, discoverers of nystatin oneand two
Alan – Four Lost Cities by Analee Newitz
Vincent – Deadly Choices by Paul Offit

Listener Picks

Ryan – Ronny Jackson (one and two)

Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees

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 2021-12-02  1h50m