Archives for July, 2009

Theres so much beauty in religion

Mitochondrial ERVs

EMAIL! Dear ERV– Hope you don’t mind a real question instead of the stupid stuff teh idiots usually send you. This morning we had a lecture by Salvatore DiMauro, M.D. from columbia university (he is neurolog/neuromuscular mainly mitochondrial diseases) about mitochondrial diseases. Any evidence for ERV’s in the mitochondrial genome? Cool question! Short answer– No.…

If you are one of the many people who cant get Luskin Mooney to give you a straight answer to your questions/comments/criticisms of his ‘Unscientific America’ fap-fest, whether because youre banned from his blog, he defriended you on Facebook, or he just plain ignores everything you say because youre a damn dirty atheist/retarded scientist, why…

Interview with a pit bull

Howdy! Just want to point you all towards a Q&A I did with an animal blag, ‘Paw Talk‘! Theyve been doing these with lots of science bloggers, and the series has been pretty fun, so Im glad Ive been included! I also think its funny that both Ava and Conspiracy Skeptic picked the same piccie…

*collapses in a pile of giggles* If you dont want to read more blag drama, move along. This post is strictly for the lulz.

My god… Its full of FILAMENTS!

If you watch the late night talk shows in the US, you probably heard about this research– Turns out the ‘new’ swine flu looks, structurally, a hellovalot like the 1918 flu. People who were born before 1918 had antibodies in their serum that could neutralize the new swine flu. Enter the late night comedians: “If…

HIV-1 CTL Vaccine: $%@#!

When HIV-1 was first discovered, scientists were optimistic about a vaccine. Small pox, polio, measles, meh– HIV-1 is a virus. We can handle viruses. Give us 6 months. No prob. Well, >25 years later and we still dont have a damn vaccine. Strategies that worked against other viruses? HIV-1 doesnt bat an eyelash. So weve…

The Conspiracy Skeptic & ERV!

Uh oh. Ive dont it again! Enabled teh cranks by talking about HIV-1and HIV Denialism with The Conspiracy Skeptic (scroll down to find the mp3)! I was worried it would come off as too ‘inside’– Conspiracy Skeptic is an ERV reader, so we made some references that newbs might not be familiar with, but then…

WTF! Did someone declare this week ‘cool ERV research week.’ or something?? Yet another awesome ERV paper came out: Distribution of Endogenous Retroviruses in Crocodilians. The title is pretty non-sexy, but what they found… AAAAH! Okay, Jaratlerdsiri and company set out to look at ERVs in the order crocodilians. Crocodilians include the families of alligatoridae,…

LOL! Baptists.

Sally Kern lives in constant terror of the ACLU– but at least Governor Brad Henry has her back. Oh wait, no he doesnt. LOL! Baptists. The Baptist Messenger — an established weekly newspaper with a paid circulation of over 85,000–decided to photoshop Governor Henry’s signature on the embarrassing and archaic “Proclamation for Morality.” And to…