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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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Bat SARS-like coronavirus that infects human cells by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A single colony of horseshoe bats (Rhinolophus sinicus) in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China, was sampled for CoV sequences over a one year period. Of a total of 117 anal ... Read on »
Virus-induced fever might change bacteria from commensal to pathogen by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Neisseria meningitidis may cause septicemia (bacteria in the blood) and meningitis (infection of the membrane surrounding the brain), but the bacterium colonizes the nas ... Read on »
TWiV 256: How mice say nodavirus by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #256 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent, Dickson, Alan, Rich, and Kathy review two papers that present evidence for RNA interference as an anti ... Read on »
World Polio Day by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Image credit: Jason Roberts As a virologist who has worked on poliovirus since 1979, I would be remiss if I did not note that today, 24 October, is World Polio Day ... Read on »
Harald zur Hausen on human papillomaviruses by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I interviewed Harald zur Hausen, MD., recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, in Manchester UK at the 2013 meeting of the Society for General Microbi ... Read on »
TWiV 255: Longhorns go viral by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #255 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent and Rich visit the University of Texas at Austin and meet up with Bob and Chris to talk about their wor ... Read on »
Hepatitis B viruses in bats by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Hepatitis B virus (HBV, illustrated) is a substantial human pathogen. WHO estimates that there are now 240,000,000 individuals chronically infected with HBV worldwide, ... Read on »
TWiV 254: Ninety-nine macaques on the wall by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #254 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent, Dickson, Alan, and Kathy review clearance of simian immunodeficiency virus infection from macaques by ... Read on »
A saga of HeLa cells by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine We have been using HeLa cells in my laboratory since 1982, when I arrived at Columbia University Medical Center fresh from postdoctoral work with David Baltimore at MIT ... Read on »
TWiV 253: I don’t know anything about sorghum by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #253 of the science show This Week in Virology, the complete TWiV team reads questions and comments from listeners about systemic antiviral responses, wild typ ... Read on »
Incidence of asymptomatic human influenza A(H5N1) virus infection by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine When virologists Fouchier and Kawaoka were isolating avian influenza H5N1 viruses that could transmit among ferrets by aerosol , there was consternation from some quart ... Read on »
Virologia en Español Clase #7 – Replicación de Virus con Genoma de DNA by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine En esta sesión discutiremos como los virus con genoma de DNA replican sus ácidos nucleícos. Consideraremos las enzimas y otras proeteínas que participan en la síntesis de ... Read on »
TWiV 252: Who read the last email? by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #252 of the science show This Week in Virology, the complete TWiV team reads email from listeners about anti-vaccine activists, a career in microbiology, place ... Read on »
Fouchier vs the Dutch government on influenza H5N1 research by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine From Martin Enserink at ScienceInsider : Virologist Ron Fouchier has suffered a loss in a legal battle with the Dutch government over the publication of his contro ... Read on »
TWiV 251: Don’t kiss the camel by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #251 of the science show This Week in Virology, the complete TWiV crew reviews work on MERS-coronavirus, including serological studies in camels, production of ... Read on »
TWiM 64: URI and UTI at ICAAC by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine This episode of TWiM was recorded at the 53rd ICAAC in Denver, Colorado, where Michael Schmidt and I spoke with James Gern about rhinoviruses, and James Johnson about ext ... Read on »
De-discovering pathogens: Viral contamination strikes again by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Qiagen spin column at right. The silica layer is white. The spin column is placed in the microcentrifuge tube, left, to remove liquids and elute nucleic acids. Do y ... Read on »
TWiV 250: Wookie viruses by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #250 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent and Robert Garcea talked about polyomaviruses. This episode was recorded at the 53rd ICAAC in Denver, C ... Read on »
A retrovirus makes chicken eggshells blue by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine When you purchase chicken eggs at the market, they usually have white or brown shells. But some breeds of chicken produce blue or green eggs. The blue color is caused b ... Read on »
TWiV 249: An inordinate fondness for viruses by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #249 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent, Dickson, Alan and Rich discuss an estimate of the number of different mammalian viruses on Earth. ... Read on »