Archives for December, 2008

Steve #75

Steven Chu is going to be nominated for Obamas Secretary of Energy. He is Steve #75. *breathes a little easier*

Jon Stewart pwns Huckabee. Hard.

Stewart relentlessly confronts Huckabee on gay marriage. The Daily Show With Jon StewartM – Th 11p / 10c Mike Huckabee Pt. 2 Barack Obama InterviewJohn McCain Interview Sarah Palin VideoFunny Election Video Damn! Thanks, Jon!

Herpes Simplex Virus-1 and Alzheimers

Yeah… so remember that herpes vaccine? We just got another reason to want that bad boy (as if we needed another reason): Herpes simplex virus type 1 DNA is located within Alzheimer’s disease amyloid plaques. So Wozniak et al cut up the brains of 11 people (who had kindly asked that their bodies be donated…


Blaggers. YouTubers. WikkiWarriors. We are all brothers in arms in this information revolution. Jeremy Mohn from stand up for REAL science has been creating a series of YouTube videos on evolution. His newest installment? ERVs. Sweet.

LOL wut? ERV and Ed on BlaggingHeads

LOL! I didnt know this was up yet! Me and Ed Yong blithering for like, and hour ­čśŤ Full diavalogue!

Gene therapy is easy, in theory. Born with a bad gene? No prob!! Just replace it with one that works! We have lots of ways of doing that! I mean, retroviruses plop new genes into our cells all the time! Half of your genome is made of leftover retroviruses! So why dont we just put…

New ideas in vaccine design: HSV-2

Lets say Im holding in my hand, a syringe. In this syringe is an experimental vaccine for HSV-2. The dreaded genital herpes. The vaccine is a live HSV virus with one gene deleted, ICP0 (free paper about this virus). When ICP0 is gone, the virus can still establish life long infection (if you get this…

Just in time for World AIDS day, the folks who discovered tetherin have a new paper out: Broad-spectrum inhibition of retroviral and filoviral particle release by tetherin. Just a quick summary– Neil et al looked at the evolution of an HIV-1 protein, Vpu, and said ‘something is going on here.’ That ‘something’ turned out to…