Published On: Sun, Mar 9th, 2014

Polio-like paralysis, Pithovirus sibericum and other virology topics: An interview with Dr. Vincent Racaniello

On the Saturday, March 8 airing of Outbreak News This Week Radio Show, Vincent Racaniello Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University appeared to discuss some of the latest topics about viruses and viral disease from Virology Blog with me (Listen below).

Pithovirus sibericum Image/Virology Blog

Pithovirus sibericum
Image/Virology Blog

Racaniello went over the situation in California concerning numerous cases of paralysis striking children in California. He discussed the enterovirus 68, which was isolated in a least two children, and some of the both infectious and non-infectious etiologies that can cause acute flaccid paralysis.

We also delved into the recently published study that implicates dromedary camels as the source of Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in humans.

LISTEN: This Week in Virology podcast interview with W. Ian Lipkin and Thomas Briese, two of the authors of this new study

Finally, Dr Racaniello went over the recent discovery of the huge virus, Pithovirus sibericum that was  isolated from 30,000 year old Siberian permafrost.


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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 and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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