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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 297: Ebola! Don’t panic by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #297 of the science show This Week in Virology, the TWiVites present an all-ebolavirus episode, tackling virology, epidemiology, and approaches to prevention a ... Read on »
Zaire ebolavirus in West Africa by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Dr. Tom Solomon is Director of the Institute for Infection and Global Health at the University of Liverpool. Here he speaks with Vincent Racaniello about the 2014 outbrea ... Read on »
Ebolavirus vaccines and antivirals by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine As the epidemic of Zaire ebolavirus in Western Africa continues ( 1,779 cases and 961 deaths in four countries ), many are questioning why there are no means of prevent ... Read on »
TWiV 296: The real Batman, Linfa Wang by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #296 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent visits the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong, Australia and speaks with Linfa about his wo ... Read on »
Scientists for Science by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Scientists for Science are confident that biomedical research on potentially dangerous pathogens can be performed safely and is essential for a comprehensive understanding ... Read on »
TWiV 293: Virology Down Under by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #293 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent visits Melbourne, Australia and speaks with Melissa, Alex, Gilda, and Paul about their work on HIV infe ... Read on »
Visiting biosafety level-4 laboratories by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Experiments with the most dangerous human viruses, such as Ebola virus and Lassa virus, are carried out in biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) laboratories. Since visiting the Nort ... Read on »
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 »