Archives for October, 2008

Recombination: Retrovirus Sex

There was a lot wrong with Micheal ‘Lilo‘ Behes description of HIV-1 in last years book, ‘Edge of Evolution‘. There is a lot of discussion in the Evilutionist community as to what constitutes a Creationist, but there are a few mistakes Creationists continually make when trying to argue against evilution, especially regarding ‘mutations’. Despite Lilos…

Religulous!

From these negative reviews at Rotten Tomatoes, I knew ‘Religulous‘ was gonna be good: “[Maher’s] scattershot and ad hominem attacks against many different forms of religious hypocrisy don’t add up to a coherent critique, and he’s not qualified to provide one.” “One of the rules of satire is that you can’t mock things you don’t…

“I spit on it.”

I fell in love with Claire McCaskill my Junior year of high school. I ‘got’ to go to Girls State, which was hands down, one of the worst weeks of my life. It was death by boredom (well, we almost died by tornado). The only time I smiled that week was when I got to…

BACK!!

Wow! Awesome time at the Viral Evolution conference! But now I have a ton of work/blogging to catch up on! First and foremost: I must have had a near-death experience this weekend, or something, cause I was in heaven. Get this– I got to see two gods in abiogenesis, Susanna Manrubia and Valerian Dolja, get…

VIRUSES! F*CK YEAH!

So while you all were having fun watching the VP debate last night, I was at (am at) Viral Evolution 2008 listening to Marco Vignuzzi and Susanna Manrubia and Evilutionary Biologist talk about viral evolution. We are also drinking beer. Im. So. Happy. BRB!

Paleovirology

Holy crap. Do you guys remember how Per Ahlberg got his big break? He sifted through the fossil collection at the London Natural History Museum, found friggen tetrapod? Someone just did the same thing with HIV-1. Michael Worobey dug through prehistoric (1960s hehe) tissue samples hunting for early HIV-1 sequences. Now by ’tissue samples’ I…