Sunday, February 6, 2011
David Tuller with Vincent Racaniello
This internet radio interview is worth listening to in its entirety.
Dr. Vincent Racaniello has a weekly interview blogcast where he communicates information to the public about viruses. Dr. Racaniello does us a great favor to bring us this information, and he has struck a chord with an engaged public that wants to know more about virology. The listener gets to hear inside and rangy discussions of scientists on the front lines. Who would have imagined this could be such a pleasurable and popular subject? More power to Dr. Racaniello.
Dr. Racaniello has followed the issue of XMRV for some time and his ideas are evolving on this issue. He hopes to have Dr. Judy Mikovits on his show in the future. Recently, Dr. Racaniello displayed great agility (and honesty) in shifting his views quite dramatically on the somewhat precarious subject of "contamination" in XMRV studies.
In this week's interview, Dr. Racaniello talks with journalist David Tuller about "Journalism and Science". Mr. Tuller is a lecturer in journalism at Berkeley, and has been instrumental in developing a small but important program combining journalism and public health. Mr. Tuller writes informed and articulate science articles, mostly for the NY Times Science Times.
This conversation between Dr. Racaniello and Mr. Tuller ranges from the general to the specific. It is a very engaging and surprising conversation. If more intelligent people begin to talk in this fashion, we might actually learn something about the association of XMRV (and/or other viruses) with this debilitating and nasty illness.
While the conversation comes to no firm conclusions relative to the XMRV association with ME/CFS, the character of the conversation is informed and exciting from a science angle. There is much to latch on to here in terms of trying to see the big picture relative to this unfolding disease drama. Mr. Tuller is smart, receptive and with wide-ranging interests. Any further reporting that Mr. Tuller does on ME/CFS will be well-received by this reader, and I look forward to his very perceptive journalism.
There is a previous blogpost on David Tuller and his very important, balanced and articulate NY Times article on ME/CFS.