Dickson D. Despommier, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences and Microbiology at Columbia University Medical Center. Despommier is also co-hosts of three popular podcasts along with Vincent Racaniello, namely TWIV (This Week in Virology), TWIP (This Week in Parasitism) and Urban Agriculture.
Nadine Lamberski joins TWiV to discuss an outbreak of COVID-19 among gorillas at the San Diego Zoo, and the use of a spike protein-based vaccine to immunize the animals. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Kathy Spindler, and Brianne Barker Guest: Nadine Lamberski Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiV! Links for this episode Gorillas receive COVID-19 vaccine (Nat Geo) COVID-19 vaccine for great apes and mink (Zoetis) Letters read on TWiV 745 Timestamps by Jolene. Thanks! Weekly Picks Brianne – The Dream VaccineAlan – Taking vaccines to Smith IslandKathy – Daily Overviews Subscribe TulipsVincent – Nextstrain Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees Send your virology questions and comments to twiv@microbe.tv
In COVID-19 clinical update #58, Daniel Griffin provides the latest update on the J&J vaccine pause, healthcare worker deaths, children and COVID, physical inactivity associated with higher risk, using monoclonal antibodies for prophylaxis, and shows us how to properly wear a face mask. Hosts: Daniel Griffin and Vincent Racaniello Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiV! Links for this episode Healthcare worker deaths (Guardian) Children and adolescent disease severity (JAMA) Physical inactivity and increased disease risk (BMJ) Expansion of Pfizer/BioNTech EUA (pdf) Thrombosis after ChAdOX1 vaccine (NEJM) Your guide to masks (CDC) Phase 3 mAb prevention trial (Regeneron) Letters read on TWiV 744 Timestamps by Jolene. Thanks! Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees Send your questions for Dr. Griffin to daniel@microbe.tv
The TWiVsters explain how the shape of pleomorphic virus particles – spherical or filamentous – determines the probability of virus attachment and fusion, and resistance to selective pressure such as antibodies that block cell entry. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Rich Condit, and Amy Rosenfeld Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiV! Links for this episode Pleomorphic virus particles and cell entry (Nat Micro) Letters read on TWiV 743 Timestamps by Jolene. Thanks! Weekly Picks Dickson – A tiny particle’s wobble could upend the laws of physicsRich – COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2: Viruses, Vaccines & Variants Made EasyAmy – Vaccine AnthemsVincent – DarkNet Diaries Ep. 86 Listener Picks Steve – Cover Your Freakin’ Face Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees Send your virology questions and comments to twiv@microbe.tv
TWiV reviews a drug screen for inhibitors of syncytium formation, the fusing of cells caused by SARS-CoV-2, which reveals that the process is regulated by a calcium-activated ion channel and scramblase that is inhibited by the anti-parasite drug Niclosamide. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Brianne Barker Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiV! Links for this episode TMEM16 inhibitors block SARS-CoV-2 driven syncytium formation (Nature) Letters read on TWiV 742 Timestamps by Jolene. Thanks! Weekly Picks Brianne – COVID-19: a disaster five years in the makingAlan – The Tyranny of MeritRich – Racism Makes Me Question Everything. I Got the Vaccine AnywayKathy – The Transcontinental Burrito TunnelVincent – Trudy Rey’s YouTube Channel Listener Picks Jeff – Rebecca Lee Smith on Left Right and CenterRyan – Perfect Strangers (clip) Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees Send your virology questions and comments to twiv@microbe.tv
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Creator Details

Birthdate
Jun 5th, 1940
Episode Count
685
Podcast Count
4
Total Airtime
1 month, 1 week
PCID
Podchaser Creator ID logo 166500