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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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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 »
Nobel Laureates and Ebola virus quarantine by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine After the governors of New York and New Jersey decided that health workers who have returned from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa should be subject to a 21-day ... Read on »
TWiV 309: Ebola email by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #309 of the science show This Week in Virology, the TWiVocytes answer questions about Ebola virus, including mode of transmission, quarantine, incubation perio ... Read on »
TWiM 90: Think globally, act locally by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I usually don’t post TWiM episodes here, but #90 has a lot of virology. In this episode, recorded in La Jolla, CA at the annual meeting of the Southern California Branch ... Read on »
The Wild Types by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine is an interview show about scientists hosted by Ushma Neill and Richard White. Ushma interviewed me for episode #2. The show name doesn’t refer to the fact that all scie ... Read on »
The 100th birth anniversary of Jonas Salk by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Jonas Salk, who lead the team that developed the first poliovirus vaccine, was born 100 years ago today, 28 October 1914, in New York City. Numerous sites across the co ... Read on »
TWiV 308: The Running Mad Professor by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #308 of the science show This Week in Virology, Tom Solomon, an infectious disease doctor from Liverpool, talks with Vincent about viral central nervous system ... Read on »
Ebola virus arrives in New York City by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine This morning I received this email from President Lee Bollinger: Dear fellow members of the Columbia community: As you may have seen in the media, Dr. Craig Spe ... Read on »
Could Reston virus be a vaccine for Ebola virus? by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I have received many questions about whether immunizing with Reston virus could protect against infection with Ebola virus. Usually the question comes together with the ... Read on »
How Firestone controlled Ebola virus disease in Liberia by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine When the first case of Ebola virus infection was detected at the Firestone Liberia, Inc. rubber tree plantation in March of this year, the company needed to prevent the v ... Read on »
TWiV 307: Ebola aetiology by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #307 of the science show This Week in Virology, Tara Smith joins the TWiEBOVsters to discuss the Ebola virus outbreak in west Africa, spread of the disease to ... Read on »
Can Ebola virus infect via the skin? by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I received this question about Ebola virus infection via email: Can you become infected if infected droplet lands on your skin even if there is no abrasion on the ... Read on »
The quarantine period for Ebola virus by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine WHO and CDC recommend that individuals who are potentially infected with Ebola virus should be quarantined for 21 days. Where does this number come from? Charles Haas a ... Read on »
Enterovirus D68 infections in North America by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Enterovirus D68 by Jason Roberts An outbreak of respiratory disease caused by enterovirus D68 began in August of this year with clusters of cases in Missouri and ... Read on »
Would we have an Ebola virus vaccine if not for NIH cuts? by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, believes that we would have an Ebola virus vaccine if not for the past ten years of flat budgets for l ... Read on »
WHO assessment of experimental Ebola virus vaccines by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The World Health Organization held a conference to assess the status of testing and eventual licensing of two candidate Ebola virus vaccines. The agenda and list of parti ... Read on »
Combination antiviral therapy for hepatitis C by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of a single pill containing two different antiviral drugs for the treatment for hepatitis C. It is the first combi ... Read on »
TWiV 306: This Week in Ebolavirus by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #306 of the science show This Week in Virology, the Grand Masters of the TWiV discuss Ebola virus transmission, air travel from West Africa, Ebola virus infect ... Read on »
New Yorkers like their science from scientists by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I cannot pass up the opportunity to point out this wonderful quote by Ginia Ballafante in her NY Times piece, Fear of Vaccines Goes Viral . The article starts by noting  ... Read on »
Treatment of Ebola virus infection with brincidofovir by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The Liberian man who was diagnosed with Ebola virus infection after traveling to Dallas, Texas, was treated with an antiviral drug called brincidofovir. This drug had o ... Read on »