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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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TWiV 292: Medimmune goes viral by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #292 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent visits Medimmune and speaks with Wade, Matt, Nicole, and Ken about why they work in industry and their ... Read on »
The value of influenza aerosol transmission experiments by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A Harvard epidemiologist has been on a crusade to curtail aerosol transmission experiments on avian influenza H5N1 virus because he believes that they are too dangerous a ... Read on »
TWiV 291: Ft. Collins abuzz with virologists by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Vincent, Rich, and Kathy and their guests Clodagh and Ron recorded episode #291 of the science show This Week in Virology at the 33rd annual meeting of the American Socie ... Read on »
Implications of finding poliovirus in sewers of Brazil and Israel by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Wild poliovirus has been detected in the sewers of Brazil and Israel. Fortunately, no cases of poliomyelitis have been reported in either country. Why is poliovirus prese ... Read on »
TWiV 290: Baylor goes viral by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #290 of the science show This Week  in Virology, Vincent meets up with Janet Butel and Rick Lloyd at Baylor College of Medicine to talk about their work on pol ... Read on »
Reconstruction of 1918-like avian influenza virus stirs concern over gain of function experiments by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The gain of function experiments in which avian influenza H5N1 virus was provided the ability to transmit by aerosol among ferrets were met with substantial outrage from ... Read on »
TWiV 289: Vinny and the capsids by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #289 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vinny and the capsids answer listener questions about the definition of life, state vaccination laws, the basic ... Read on »
Origin of segmented RNA virus genomes by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Segmented genomes abound in the RNA virus world. They are found in virus particles from different families, and can be double stranded (Reoviridae) or single stranded of ... Read on »
TWiV 288: ebircsnart esreveR by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #288 of the science show This Week in Virology, the Twivsters discuss how reverse transcriptase encoded in the human genome might produce DNA copies of RNA vir ... Read on »
Ten years of virology blog by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Photo by  Chris Suspect Ten years ago this month I wrote the first post at virology blog, entitled Are viruses living? Thanks to  EE Giorgi  for pointing out the t ... Read on »
Unexpected viral DNA in RNA virus-infected cells by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Many years ago a claim was made that cells infected with respiratory syncytial virus contained infectious DNA copies of the viral genome. When this paper was published, r ... Read on »
A dancing matrix of viruses by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Back in 1974, before it was possible to determine the sequence of a viral genome, before we knew much about the origin of viruses and their ability to move genes from org ... Read on »
TWiV 287: A potentially pandemic podcast by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #287 of the science show This Week in Virology, Matt Frieman updates the TWiV team on MERS-coronavirus, and joins in a discussion of whether we should further ... Read on »
What price antiviral drugs? by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The Federal Drug Administration of the US approves new drugs solely on the basis of safety and effectiveness, with no value assessment. Pharmaceutical companies may set t ... Read on »
TWiV 286: Boston TWiV party by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #286 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent and Alan meet up with Julie and Paul at the General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in ... Read on »
A WORD on the constraints of influenza virus evolution by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Evolutionary biologist John Maynard Smith used an analogy with a word game to explain how epistasis constrains the evolution of a protein. In this game, single letter ch ... Read on »
The next emerging threat by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Ian Lipkin, Columbia University, New York, and Lyle Petersen, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fort Collins, Colorado, discuss recently emerged pathogens, and ... Read on »
Therapeutic teamwork: Coupling oncolytic viruses with immunotherapy to destroy tumor cells by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine This article was written for extra credit by a student in my recently concluded  virology course . by Nayan Lamba A recent study by scientists at the Ludwig Cen ... Read on »
TWiV 285: Hokies go viral by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #285 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent meets up with XJ Meng and Sarah McDonald at Virginia Tech to talk about their work on viruses of swine ... Read on »
TWiV 284: By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #284 of the science show This Week in Virology, the TWiV team discusses how skin scarification promotes a nonspecific immune response, and whether remaining st ... Read on »