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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 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 »
Attenuated influenza vaccine enhances bacterial colonization of mice by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Infection with influenza virus is known to increase susceptibility to bacterial infections of the respiratory tract. In a mouse model of influenza , increased bacterial ... Read on »
TWiV 275: Virocentricity with Eugene Koonin by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #275 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent and Rich meet up with Eugene Koonin to talk about the central role of viruses in the evolution of all l ... Read on »
Pithovirus: Bigger than Pandoravirus with a smaller genome by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A new virus called Pithovirus sibericum has been isolated from 30,000 year old Siberian permafrost. It is the oldest DNA virus of eukaryotes ever isolated, showing that v ... Read on »
TWiV 274: Data dump by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #274 of the science show This Week in Virology, the TWiV team discusses recent cases of polio-like paralysis in California, and the virome of 14th century pale ... Read on »
Polio-like paralysis in California by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Image credit: Jason Roberts Recently a number of children in California have developed a poliomyelitis-like paralysis. The cause of this paralysis is not yet known, ... Read on »
MERS-coronavirus in dromedary camels by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV),  first identified  in the fall of 2012 in a Saudi Arabian patient, has since infected over 180 individuals, ... Read on »
TWiV 273: Lambda is not just a phage by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #273 of the science show This Week in Virology, the TWiVome dissect the finding that interferon lambda alleles predict the outcome of hepatitis C virus infecti ... Read on »
How to give a great lecture by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine There are many elements that go into making a great lecture, but the most important one is to lose the notes. If you are giving lectures in a course at any level, t ... Read on »
Virologia en Español clase #9 – Transcripción reversa e integracion by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine En esta sesión hablaremos acerca de virus que codifican por una enzima llamada transcriptasa reversa. Revisaremos los ciclos de replicación de los retrovirus y los hepadn ... Read on »
TWiV 272: Give peas a chance by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #272 of the science show This Week in Virology, the TWiV team describes aphid control by using a viral capsid protein to deliver a spider toxin to plants, and ... Read on »