Archives for January, 2009

Latent evolutionary potential and quasispecies

Gawd I love doing HIV-1 research. Stuff that takes big-stuff-biologists millions of years to watch, we can figure out in a few weeks. Case in point: PZs post yesterday on ‘latent evolutionary potential’. Ah, the realization of latent evolutionary potential. Did you know that you have latent evolutionary potential? Sure. If we put you and…

Oh no, GMOs.

As SciBlogs resident cowgirl/GMO-shill, I feel an obligation to post a response to a few posts up at ‘Whats New In Life Science Research’ (Jan 8 through today). I dont want to start a blag-fight, I just want to correct some of their errors and start a conversation (LOL! BLAG FIGHT! BLAG FIGHT!) because I…

Rick Warren: HIV/AIDS Activist 2

Via Ed Brayton, more on Rick Warrens oh-so-helpful HIV ‘activism’: Warren’s man in Uganda is a charismatic pastor named Martin Ssempa. The head of the Makerere Community Church, a rapidly growing congregation, Ssempe enjoys close ties to his country’s First Lady, Janet Museveni, and is a favorite of the Bush White House. In the capitol…

I, Robot…You, Jane

I had planned on letting a long rant loose on these assholes. Statler and Waldorf John and George are still bitching about me. ‘Me’ being their magnificently crafted straw-man/ad hominem chimera. But their comments have reached such a fantastic level of meta-fail (and Ive only watched 12 minutes of their second bitch-fest) I cant help…

Enemies of faith and morality

We know what the US would look like if radical theists like Warren, Robertson, Dobson, James Kennedy, or any doughy sweat-stained evangelical were in a position of real authority. We know. Because other countries, even ‘secular’ ones, dont have the same luxury of the separation of church and state as we do. People in other…

Why do scientists hate freedom so much? Oh, maybe cause ‘academic freedom’ is the post 9/11 jingoist new buzzword radical Christians are using to squirt warm, salty Creationism, Global Warming Denialism, and pro-life arguments into public schools. YAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!! Via NCSE: The State Board of Education, district boards of education, district superintendents and administrators, and public…

Walt Ruloff: Nazis > Science

Via PZ, a quote from Walt Ruloff, producer of EXPELLED: The first version of Expelled leaned heavily on computer-generated images of cells, illustrating how their development relied on more than random mutation. But alas, Ruloff said, “When we first watched that movie it was verrrrry boring.” So, with the help of Abbotsford screenwriter Kevin Miller,…

Oops: Contaminated cell-lines from the NIH

One of more genuinely stupid comments I hear about HIV-1 research goes along these lines: Why we spenden so much moneys on HIV when we aint got no vaccine and we could be spendin it on cancer/heart disease/diabeetus/whatever disease I personally am at risk for? No, we dont have a vaccine for HIV-1 yet. But…