Archives for July, 2008

Forced vacation, Day 2

Two words: New T-shirt.

Forced vacation, Day 1

*sigh* Its that time of year, again. Before school starts every fall, Bossman kicks me out of the lab for a week. Ugh. He calls it a ‘vacation’. Whatever. So now Im back home on The Farm, with my 28.8 kbps dial-up internet, and no wireless. Its like I went back in time 15 years……

Im going to try to be as nice about this as I can: If you missed ‘Dr. Horrible’ the first time around, you better not make the same mistake twice. You have to deal with commercials now, but thats your own goddamn fault. Watch it, or deal with the wrath of ERV. Embedded below the…

Infectious Molecular Clones

Astute ERV readers have noticed a couple of odd things about my research. 1- How the hell am I cutting and pasting bits of a retroviral (RNA) genome together? 2- How the hell do I have a (seemingly) endless supply of HIV-1 for my experiments? The answer to both questions is, infectious molecular clones! Short…

ERV on Epigenetics

The discussion PZ and I had a couple of weeks ago sparked a lot of fun questions from viewers/readers. PZ covered a TON of the basics last week, so I figured I better step up to explain my view of epigenetics! Epigenetics is inherited. Take agouti mice, for an example. If you alter how much…

Virus Motility

EMAIL! Dear ERV– I have a question about virus transportation inside, say, blood. I did a rough estimate of the average virus Reynolds Number and it turned out to be around .0051. So aside from some good old Brownian Motion, those viruses aren’t really going anywhere without some sort of flagella or what-have-you. Do any…

STEP 1: Profess your undying love for a revolutionary person in your field of study, on your blog. STEP 2: ??? STEP 3: PROFIT! Dear ERV As I notice that you are interested in the origin of virus and role in evolution. I send you a recent chapters that I wrote on the subject Best…

REPOST: Viruses and The Tree of Life

This is a repost from the old ERV. A retrotransposed ERV I dont trust them staying up at Blogger, and the SEED overlords are letting me have 4 reposts a week, so Im gonna take advantage of that! I am going to try to add more comments to these posts for the old readers– Think…

Bless their hearts. The Creationists over at Answers in Genesis are working their perfectly designed fingers to the bone. Blowing the Discovery Institute out of the water by not only publishing a for-realsies science journal (well, at least once), but also performing ‘semi-technical’ research! Darwin at the Drugstore? Testing the Biological Fitness of Antibiotic Resistant…

People have been sending me links to “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog“. I was like “wtf? Sounds stupid.” Go. Watch. It. NOW! Seriously! Theyre taking it down Sunday night!