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Vincent Racaniello

At virology blog, my goal is to educate you about viruses - the kind that make you sick. Why am I qualified to teach you virology? I have been studying viruses for over 30 years, starting in 1975, when I entered the Ph.D. program in Biomedical Sciences at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine of the City... Full Bio
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Satellites – the viral kind by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Satellites are subviral agents that differ from viroids because they depend on the presence of a helper virus for their propagation. Satellite viruses are particles tha ... Read on »
TWiV 320: Retroviruses and cranberries by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #320 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent speaks with John Coffin about his career studying retroviruses, including working with Howard Temin, en ... Read on »
Viroids, infectious agents that encode no proteins by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Genomes of non-defective viruses range in size from 2,400,000 bp of dsDNA (Pandoravirus salinus) to 1,759 bp of ssDNA (porcine circovirus). Are even smaller viral genom ... Read on »
TWiV 319: Breaking breakbone by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #319 of the science show This Week in Virology, the TWiVers review the outcomes of two recent phase 3 clinical trials of a quadrivalent dengue virus vaccine in ... Read on »
An unexpected benefit of inactivated poliovirus vaccine by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Poliovirus by Jason Roberts The polio eradication and endgame strategic plan announced by the World Health Organization in 2014 includes at least one dose of inact ... Read on »
TWiV 318: Last year in virology by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #318 of the science show This Week in Virology, the TWiV gang reviews ten fascinating, compelling, and riveting virology stories from 2014. You can find TW ... Read on »
TWiV 317: Brazil goes viral by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #317 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent travels to Brazil and joins Eurico to speak with three four young virologists, Gustavo, Cintia, Tatiana ... Read on »
TWiV 316: The enemy of my enemy is not my friend by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #316 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, Rich and Kathy discuss how interleukin 10 modulation of Th17 helper cells contributes to alphavi ... Read on »
Virus gifts by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Looking to give a virus-themed gift to someone this year? Here are some suggestions. As expected Ebola virus dominated. Where are the EV-D68 items? An Ebola Texas shi ... Read on »
The American Society for Virology by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The American Society for Virology was founded in 1981 to promote the exchange of information and stimulate discussion and collaboration among scientists active in all asp ... Read on »
TWiV 315: Must be something in the water by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #315 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, Rich and Kathy discuss the association of a virus with sea star melting disease, and the finding ... Read on »
How influenza virus infection might lead to gastrointestinal symptoms by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Human influenza viruses replicate almost exclusively in the respiratory tract, yet infected individuals may also have gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting and dia ... Read on »
Viral genomes in 700 year old caribou scat by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Recovering viral genomes from ancient specimens can provide information about viral evolution, but not many old nucleic acids have been identified. A study of 700 year ... Read on »
TWiV 314: Einstein goes viral by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #314 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent travels to Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he speaks with Kartik, Ganjam, and Margaret about ... Read on »
TWiV 313: With viruses like these, who needs enemas? by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #313 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich discuss how norovirus, an enteric virus, can replace the functions of the gut microbiom ... Read on »
How ZMapp antibodies bind to Ebola virus by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine ZMapp, a mixture of three antibodies  against Ebola virus, became a household name after it was used to treat a two Americans who were infected while working in Liberia. ... Read on »
TWiV 312: She sells B cells by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #312 of the science show This Week in Virology, the TWiVbolans discuss the finding that human noroviruses, major causes of gastroenteritis, can for the first t ... Read on »
TWiV 311: Bulldogs go viral by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #311 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent visits the University of Georgia where he speaks with Zhen Fu and Biao He about their work on rabies vi ... Read on »
A virus that melts sea stars by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Sea stars are lovely marine invertebrates with a round central body connected to multiple radiating legs ( photo credit ). In the past year millions of sea stars in the ... Read on »
Algal virus associated with altered human cognitive functions by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Chloroviruses are large DNA-containing viruses that infect unicellular algae called zoochlorellae (pictured: image credit, ViralZone ). Unexpectedly, chlorovirus DNA seq ... Read on »