Published On: Sat, Nov 23rd, 2013

Bat SARS-like coronavirus, influenza and NEIDL: ‘What’s New on Virology Blog?’

On a special segment on the Outbreak News This Week Radio Show Saturday, Nov. 23, I had the opportunity to discuss some of the interesting posts made by Columbia University Microbiology and Immunology Professor, Vincent Racaniello, Ph.D. on the popular website, Virology Blog.



Racaniello first talked about a post concerning Bat SARS-like coronavirus that infects human cells about a Chinese study showed a virus isolated from a single colony of horseshoe bats was able to infect human cells.

We went on to talk of the unusual finding of  two influenza A strains, H17N10 and H18N11 found in bats from Guatemala and Peru, respectively.

As a virology educator, Racaniello teaches not only in the classroom, but also in a wide variety on online media. One such example is the section on Virology Blog is called Influenza 101.

Influenza 101 is a plethora of educational posting about many aspect of the influenza virus–Structure, Entry into Cells, RNA Synthesis and much, much more. A great resource for any virology, microbiology or biology student.

We also talked about the very interesting This Week in Virology (TWiV)/ American Society for Microbiology collaborative 1-hour video, “Threading the NEIDL”.

In the video documentary, Racaniello and colleagues offer a rarely seen behind-the-scenes view of a biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) at Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL).

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today.

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