Viruses Are Cool

May 25th, 2010

And, yes, they cause colds. But, when it comes down to it viruses are the sneakiest survivalists around… especially considering that they aren’t even alive.

Last Friday, I got to talk with Dr. Vincent Racaniello, Dr. Rich Condit, and Dr. Alan Dove (PhD turned science writer), virus experts the lot of them, on their show, This Week in Virology. Ostensibly, I was invited on the show to discuss my transformation from scientist grad student to scientist media person, but I was really just there for the virus science.

If you haven’t had a chance to listen to this podcast, I highly suggest giving it one. The hosts are Columbia University professors, and they eloquently discuss the finer details of the viruses that make you sick. However, it’s not a show for the scientifically faint of heart. These guys really dig into the nuts and bolts of the living dead. The conversation is fairly high level, but they do a great job of making it interesting. I found myself hanging on their words wanting to learn how the little things work.

But, I am a certified geek. I thrive on the details because to me they add nuance to the scientific story unfolding around my ears.

You will just have to see what you think for yourself. Check it out at

One Response to “Viruses Are Cool”

  1. Larry Richardson on June 24, 2011 11:11 am

    viruse like all other things have life not as you humans think of life but since it was and is part of God it has life Scripture refers tomit as the living rock. Now as to there being a God of Creation there has to be since without Him/Her we know that physics says that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. So without Someone intelligent moving matter antimatter to the contact point there could not be a explosion , unless like I believe That someone ,God My king and Father, he refers to himself as my “Daddy”!Spoke the universe into existence and that is what caused the very balanced “big bang”!

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