Archives for December, 2009

The Science Instinct

I have four blood-relative aunts. Three of them are math teachers. One is a respiratory therapist. My dad is a math/science teacher. Mom was an accountant. I have cousins that went into nursing, forensics, and ‘organic chemistry‘. My brother is an engineer. And Im a researcher. Im mostly Russian and British, with a bit of…

PERVS and MANIMALS!

Clinical trials for using pig cells to treat diabetes are now legal Down Under! Most countries health/medical regulatory bodies have been hesitant to approve of animal organ/part transplants because of the risk of Creating Another HIV. Theoretically endogenous retroviruses still active in pigs (PERVs) could cause trouble once they are transplanted into a human. Happily…

The Real Housewives of OKC

I dont purposefully watch Bravos ‘Real Housewives‘ series. I mean, if its on, I leave it on as background noise, I dont actively turn it off, umm… *looks shadily back and forth* Anyway, theyve got the series in Orange County, New Jersey, New York City, Atlanta– I think they should do a version in OKC.…

EEEEEW. NOMNOMNOMNOM!

EEEEEEEEEW! You will NEVER guess whos coming to *my* campus in January! Robert P. George! AAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You know who this guy is, even if you dont ‘know’ who he is– he was one of the founders of ‘National Organization for Marriage’, of ‘GATHERING STORM!‘ infamy. The guy is a putrid douchebag. Why the hell would…

The luxury of being wrong

Youll have to forgive me, folks. Im in the midst of writing a paper (*insert excited Peter Griffin gasp here*– there are lots of open access virology journals, but I cant promise it). Writing this paper has reminded me of a luxury we have in scientific research: we can be wrong. Its bad when a…

The Discrimination of Dawkins

Everyone reading ERV knows that Im a huge admirer of Richard Dawkins. Not only is he a priceless modern voice for popularizing science, he was one of the first voices of Out Atheism. A voice for Atheists from Amsterdam to Alabama. But as others have pointed out, Dawkins completely dropped the ball with his ‘The…

The ballad of Leeroy Hargis

Burns Hargis. If Burns Hargis were a gamer, hed be Leeroy Jenkins. Hes a newb. He messed up. And its screwed over everyone. Apparently Hargis admitted he ‘messed up‘, personally deciding to reject NIH funds: Hargis told faculty Thursday that he erred in not talking to OSU scientists before quashing a research project that involved…

(this post is me laughing at Sternberg, intermittently talking about ERVs, ask Qs if Im not clear– sorry, laughing so hard, must share this joke as well as I can between snorts) HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! AAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! RICHARD STERNBERG IS SO STUPID! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Arrogant, stupid little twat that doesnt even know what he doesnt know. *wipes away tears*…

New Hepatitis C treatment, maybe!

I was having a virus discussion with a surgeon recently: Me– People think to do HIV-1 research you have to gown up in those crazy suits and do all this insane safety stuff, really, the only thing I do ‘really’ different is I wear *two* pairs of gloves, lol! Her– I always double glove too,…

I love it when a research paper makes me laugh. This paper makes me laugh. It is AWESOME!! Continuous Quinacrine Treatment Results in the Formation of Drug-Resistant Prions Okay, heres the deal: Prions cause disease by making ‘normal’ proteins fold wrong. When they fold wrong, they clump up together to form amyloid fibrils (wrote about…