“HIV mutates a lot”. People ‘get’ that. Why is HIV hard to stop? Why is HIV hard to treat? “HIV mutates a lot”. But HIV does not mutate willy-nilly. It mutates at an evolutionarily defined rate. The reverse transcriptase enzyme makes mistakes during replication that are beneficial to HIV– creating a diverse population, a quasispecies,…

Some of you might remember the waves made earlier this year about ‘The Immunity Project’. They were crowdsourcing an HIV vaccine that was magical and amazing and they were totally going to give it away for free!! YAY! … Except ‘The Immunity Project’ basically had nothing to back their claims up. No publications, the investigators had…

c0nc0rdance + HIV vs Creationists

Though ERVs are my favorite tool vs Creationists, HIV is a fantastic choice as well. I mean, has anyone seen hide or hair of Behe since 2007? Poor guy. Alas, there are still Creationists out there, so to address some of their ‘concerns’, c0nc0rdance made a couple of vids using his favorite HIV protein, Vpr:

Of course, SciBlogs is in the middle of a WordPress update when this news breaks: ‘Mississippi Baby’ now has detectable HIV, researchers find Some of you might remember last year, when there was exciting news about a baby, born with HIV, who had subsequently become HIV- thanks to an alternative treatment strategy (basically, give babby HAART…

Quick recap– An HIV Denier, Clark  Baker, starts a web group, the ‘HIV Innocence Project‘ to defend people accused of HIV-related crimes. Name-change to ‘HIV Innocence Group’ after the Innocent Project complained. An HIV advocate, Todd Deshong, started a different website, ‘HIV Innocent Group Truth‘ to address and expose Clarks activities. DeShongs coverage is rather innocuous– What…

As those of us in the US are planning our holiday weekend, I wanted to make sure you all know that Trolling With Logic will be doing a 24 hour charity show to raise funds for Engineers Without Borders! I had a marvelous time chatting with them back in January, so I jumped at the opportunity…

Prosecuting faked HIV vaccine results

Remember this? Wait, what? Faked HIV vaccine results The researcher accused of manipulating his reagents to ‘show his HIV vaccine strategy worked’ admitted he did it: Investigators say former Iowa State University laboratory manager Dong-Pyou Han has confessed to spiking samples of rabbit blood with human antibodies to make an experimental HIV vaccine appear to…

1– Herpes viruses are old. They are ooooooold. Like, hundreds of millions of years old. Specifically, about 400 million years old. 2– Herpes viruses are everywhere. Fish, reptiles, birds, cows, humans, everywhere. And there are lots of different kinds that humans have to deal with– CMV, EBV, HHV-8, VZV, HSV… 3– And, though herpes viruses should…

Homeopathic HIV ‘infection’

Well, you cant say Brian Dunning doesnt put his money where his mouth is when it comes to his skepticism about homeopathy: I’ve been speaking with lab managers, AIDS researchers, and doctors about my plan to make a documentary short film about drawing blood from an HIV-positive patient, properly making a 30C homeopathic dilution of…

Holy crap! This is so clever!! A synthetic sex ratio distortion system for the control of the human malaria mosquito Component #1– Anopheles gambiae, the kind of mosquito that is notorious for spreading malaria. Component #2– I-PpoI, a protein that ‘sees’ a specific DNA sequence, and cuts it. aka, a homing endonuclease. It was originally found…