Big Picture Science – Going Viral: Vincent Racaniello
by Gary Niederhoff on December 12, 2011
Part 2 of Going Viral, featuring Vincent Racaniello, Virologist at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, host of the podcast, “This Week in Microbiology,” and author of the Virology Blog. (TRT 8:36)
Could your favorite Earthling also be your favorite Martian?
Allow me to respond: The answer is "yes." It's possible that billions of years ago, tiny bits of biology quit the Red Planet and infected ours. If so, your family tree -- and that of every other terrestrial life form -- has its deepest roots not in the ancient oceans of Earth, but... (read more)