Archives for October, 2008

Okay, show of hands–

Who cried watching the Obamamercial? Because the status quo is not quo:

Back in 2006, I wrote a short note on the use of pigs for organ transplants. Why the hell was I interested in pig organs? Well, pigs can be genetically engineered to be almost perfect organ donors for humans that need transplants. Perfect… except for the fact pigs have PERVs like humans have HERVs. So…

A movie review.

So I saw EXPELLED this weekend. My review is two words: Thats it? Thats it? Thats what caused a humagiganitisoid blagosphere hubub? OMG it was so boring! I got bored 15 minutes in, started cleaning the apartment while watching. Made it to 45 minutes in before just paused it and watched a documentary on Animal…

ERV + Cancer = Virus???

Whoa! I dont know how much stock to put into this particular paper, but some (potentially) incredible data just came out in Journal of Virology: Human endogenous retrovirus K (HML-2) elements in the plasma of people with lymphoma and breast cancer HERV-K (human endogenous retroviral family K) are the babies of human ERVs– they are…

WARNING: This post is just a rant against a review article Im too impatient to deal with today. Its really just a rant. heh. Hey, you know whats even better than having ‘science reporters’ use the term ‘junk DNA’ in their pop-science articles? A ‘real’ scientist using the term ‘junk DNA’ in their review on…

EXPELLED: The punchlines wont stop coming

YAAAAAY!!! The EXPELLED DVD is coming out soon!! EXPELLED! Starring, BEN STEIN! Featuring, BEN STEIN! “FOUR STARS! I Love This Film!”– BEN STEIN! heeeeeeeehehehehe! BEN STEIN!!!! **JAZZHANDS** Well, I encourage you all to go to EXPELLEDs website to vote in their poll: “Do you think Darwin’s theories are OUTDATED? Yes, No, Maybe” For real! Go…

I love the intrawebz! I was bopping around on Google last night, looking for neat info about Cauliflower Mosaic Virus (post on that later!), and I stumbled upon a really awesome article from 1994: The use of Cauliflower Mosaic Virus (CaMV) in genetic engineering: 35S Promoter (CaMV) in Calgene’s Flavr Savr Tomato Creates Hazard Now…

Wednesdays Knock-Down-Drag-Out Brawl

Wednesday nights battle was epic. I cant believe its over. Congratulations Leanne Marshall!!! Oh. And that other brawl– that was pretty fun too! “Womens health. PFF!”

Wanna grow corn on Mars?

After generations of humans whined and moaned about how awful viruses are, turns out those ‘wads of nucleic acid and protein’ might just save our sorry asses when we ruin Earth and are forced to establish colonies on other planets/moons. A key to establishing permanent residence on another planet is our ability to terraform. A…

Mean Girls Club: Rachel Maddow

Uh oh. I must be leaking ‘Mean Girl’ toxins into our water supply, or something, cause now Rachael Maddow is infected. Civil discourse! Wont anyone rise to the challenge of civil discourse?? Sure, McCains camp is encouraging people at their rallies to kill Obama, but Maddow talking about Troopergate or the economy is just as…