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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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Should variola virus, the agent of smallpox, be destroyed? by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Later this month (May 2014) the World Health Assembly will decide whether to destroy the remaining stocks of variola virus – the agent of smallpox – or to allow continu ... Read on »
Virology question of the week: What matters more, multiplicity of infection or virus concentration? by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine This week’s question comes from a graduate student studying virology, who writes: My professor recently said that really, the MOI doesn’t matter in a culture, it is ... Read on »
TWiV 283: No Reston for the weary by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #283 of the science show This Week in Virology, Jens Kuhn speaks with the TWiV team about filoviruses, including the recent Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea. ... Read on »
Unusual mortality pattern of 1918 influenza A virus by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The 1918 influenza pandemic was particularly lethal, not only for the very young and the very old (as observed for typical influenza), but unexpectedly also for young a ... Read on »
TWiV 282: Tamiflu and tenure too by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #282 of the science show This Week in Virology, the TWiV team reviews a meta-analysis of clinical trial reports on using Tamiflu for influenza, and suggestions ... Read on »
Virology question of the week: why a segmented viral genome? by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine This week’s virology question comes from Eric, who writes: I’m working on an MPH and in one of my classes we are currently studying the influenza virus. I’d forgott ... Read on »
TWiV 281: The Salk legacy with Peter L. Salk by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #281 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent meets up with Peter L. Salk to talk about development of the first poliovaccine, eradication of poliomy ... Read on »
TWiV 280: Post viral by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #280 of the science show This Week in Virology, the TWiVmeisters answer listener email about the NEIDL, negative results, patenting MERS-coronavirus, human pap ... Read on »
Unraveling the NEIDL by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The NEIDL (National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory) at Boston University is a newly constructed biosafety level 4 facility which can be used to study the most da ... Read on »
Virology question of the week by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On the science show This Week in Virology we receive many questions and comments, which are read every week. I also get many questions here on virology blog, which I tend ... Read on »
TWiV 279: The missing LNC by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #279 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Kathy reveal how a retrovirus in the human genome keeps embryonic stem cells in a pluripoten ... Read on »
Retroviruses R us by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine About eight percent of human DNA is viral – remnants of ancestral infections with retroviruses. These endogenous retroviral sequences do not produce infectious viruses, ... Read on »
TWiV 278: Flushing HIV down the zinc by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #278 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent, Dickson, Alan, and Kathy discuss disruption of the ccr5 gene in lymphocytes of patients infected with ... Read on »
Cross-stitched viruses by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The latest addition to the Microbe Art gallery here at virology blog is  Watty’s Wall Stuff , where you will find beautiful cross-stitched viruses such as influenza virus ... Read on »
Heartland virus disease by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Six new cases of Heartland virus disease have been identified in residents of Missouri and Tennessee. The cause of this disease appears to be a member of the Phlebo ... Read on »
Twenty-six lectures in virology by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In the spring of each year I teach a virology course to undergraduates and masters students at Columbia University. I produce video recordings of all my lectures not on ... Read on »
TWiV 277: My podcast Vinny by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #277 of the science show This Week in Virology, Glenn Rall and Ann Skalka meet up with Vincent to talk about his career in science and science communication. ... Read on »
HIV gets the zinc finger by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Because all animal viruses initiate infection by binding to a receptor on the cell surface, this step has long been considered a prime target for antiviral therapy. Unfor ... Read on »
TWiV 276: Ramblers go viral by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #276 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent meets up with Susan Baker and Tom Gallagher at Loyola University to talk about their work on coronaviru ... Read on »
Can a virus be revived? by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In Carl Zimmer’s New York Times article describing the recovery of the giant virus Pithovirus sibericum from the Siberian permafrost, he used the words revive and resurre ... Read on »