Archives for September, 2009

I love ERV. *HUGZ FOR BLAGZ!*

We get a lot of weird spam at SciBlogs. Specifically, Turkish spam. Im sure you all have seen one or two that gets through, before we can get around to trashing it– “I did not expect such a topic. Please type this for another topic. Regards to the author.” “Welcome! The long sought such a…

Hey, remember a while back when I mentioned how scientists used evolution (random mutation and natural selection) in the lab to ‘perfect’ gene therapy vectors? Theyve just one it again! In a BIG way! Molecular Evolution of Adeno-associated Virus for Enhanced Glial Gene Delivery. These folks were looking for a way to get man-made viruses…

While we are on the topic of IDiot Michael Behe, I thought now would be a good time to check in on our dear friend, HIV-1 Vpu! What neat evolutionary tales do you have for us this week, HIV-1 Vpu? Vpu directs the degradation of the human immunodeficiency virus restriction factor BST-2/Tetherin via a {beta}TrCP-dependent…

  Oh poor Brad Pollit. You all sent him emails (pollittb@sedalia.k12.mo.us) after he made some breathtakingly ignorant comments about public schools and evolution. The email in the video was perfectly nice– but the poor babby Pollit didnt want his face on video. However he was happy to dig himself even further in a hole by…