Archives for January, 2010

Im watching you.

For the new year, lots of blogs and blags are posting great intros for beginners. 1– If you are real new to weight-lifting, please check out Lyle McDonalds ‘Beginning Weight Training’ series. Part I Part II Part III Part IV 2– If you are a dude, especially a young dude with dreams of 22-inch guns,…

MEMES!

I think its funny that even people who HATE Richard Dawkins, I mean, the people who would run the man down with their car and eat the corpse raw, or even just the hundreds (thousands?) of douche bags who wrote ‘reviews’ or ‘rebuttals’ of ‘The God Delusion’ without actually reading it– Their lives have been…

REPOST: OOPS! They did it again!

This is a repost from the old ERV. A retrotransposed ERV The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science have a special online edition focused on the place of evilution in medicine. Shorter Michael Egnor: :-O

KLZF KRABs with nine zinc fingers…

Okay, you know how I say with ERVs and disease: Expression of the ERV protein causes the disease Expression of the ERV is an effect of the disease (a useful biomarker) Expression of the ERV is an effect that perpetuates the disease I just read a paper that exemplifies #3! Regulation of human endogenous retrovirus-K…

While listening to Judy Mikovits presentation to CFS patients on Friday, I took a few notes. Well, I took a few notes in between screaming at my computer, slamming my head into my keyboard, and popping Xanax like they were Skittles. Ive got a few questions for my regular readers, because I genuinely believe readers…

Epigenetics is not magic.

My god, epigenetics is a woo-magnet. Its not epigenetics fault, its just science. But the word ‘epigenetics’ gets put on this (‘chambery thing’ heh.). And this. And this. And… well, just Google it. Find your own favorite bit of self-help/explain all/magic epigenetic crap. Attention woo-meisters: STOP WHORING UP EPIGENETICS. IT IS NOT MAGIC. ITS JUST…

XMRV and chronic fatigue syndrome: Insanity

This is insanity, people. Scientific insanity. Moved right from ‘this does not make sense‘ and ‘youre acting like a bitch‘ to ‘this is insane’. #1– Lead author of the Reno XMRV–>CFS study is holding a live-streamed press conference at Hotel Mar Monte on Friday. *blink* This is insanity. They have no evidence connecting XMRV to…

LINEs dont do RT like ERVs, HIV, or HBV!

The only creatures that existed in the RNA World that still exist today, are viruses. They are the only creatures that still use RNA to store their genome– they never upgraded to V2.0, DNA. In fact the creatures that might have written V2.0, retroviruses, are still around today too. They carry their genomes as RNA,…

Steroids!

The ‘fitness’ news this week has been all about STEROIDS! Pals went on a grand adventures with an anti-aging wooer (Train Wreck 1, Train Wreck 2, Train Wreck 3– holy crap!). Well, dont feel bad, Pal. There is no question in my mind that this guy ‘has issues’, because I get ‘Life Extension’ magazine. The…

XMRV and chronic fatigue syndrome: PI FAIL

One ‘insider’ thing I hope ERV readers learn about science from this blag, is that in science, controversies are completely normal, everyday occurrences. Outsiders might think scientists are ‘mean’ when dealing with anti-vaxers/Creationists/whatever, but how we treat non-scientists manufacturing a controversy is no different than how we react to one another in a real scientific…