Archives for February, 2010

Hey, you all remember a while back, there was that cheerleader that got the seasonal flu vaccine, and then all hell broke loose? Turns out, wasnt dystonia, it was psychogenic. And apparently, shes fine now: Minor problem: Steve Novella, while he is a great advocate for rational, science-based medicine, totally missed the mark with that…

HIV-1 Integrase structure?

I refer to this so often– I need to make a name for it. A name for how Creationists are always parading about saying protein structures are so perfect and pretty colorful Lego blocks, and they all snap together perfectly, but reality is SO not like that? Reality is a buzzing, floppy, invisible mess? Invisible…

Creationists are *WEIRD*

Look, I like weird people. Goth kids. Sci-fi geeks. Language nerds. Weird people are far more interesting than, say, the ‘normal’ people that get cast for shows like ‘The Bachelor': Generic Human #231975, Generic Human #576930, Generic Human #750193, bleh. But theres a whole different level of weird, and that level is ‘Creationist’. Example: Remember…

Swing and a miss: Yet another HIV-1 downer

Acyclovir and Transmission of HIV-1 from Persons Infected with HIV-1 and HSV-2. –Daily acyclovir therapy did not reduce the risk of transmission of HIV-1, despite a reduction in plasma HIV-1 RNA of 0.25 log10 copies per milliliter and a 73% reduction in the occurrence of genital ulcers due to HSV-2. Well crap. Im sure you…

Its not news that I like vampire fiction. Grew up with Lestat, eh, its my fluff hobby. One of my favorite vampires is Andre, from the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries. Dunno why– hes not in the books a lot, but there was something about him that caught my fancy. (spoilers ahead) I got (and still am)…

Rule #30: There are no girls on the internet.

The following post should be read in the voice of ‘Jakov’, from the timeless South Park episode, ‘Jakovasaurs‘. *ahem* THIS IS JUST SO TYPICAL. TYPICAL WHITE ELITIST D00D DOMINATION OF THE SCIENCES. EUREKA JUST RELEASED THEIR TOP 30 SCIENCE BLOGS, AND ONLY 20% OF THEM ARE AUTHORED BY WOOMYN. BUT GET THIS. THERE IS ONLY…

I hesitate to write about this, as Im sure its going to be taken and amplified by Teh Crazy… but I suppose I better just get a head start… Isolation of an Infectious Endogenous Retrovirus in a Proportion of Live Attenuated Vaccines for Pets Well shit. Researchers took a dozen cat/dog vaccines from manufacturers in…

So here are my answers to The Brainstorm Challenge. Some of you got real damn close to the ‘answers’ I was thinking of, but you all missed a great big one (which I think will make sense to you after I bring it up hehe!) 1– Lets say youve isolated white blood cells from CFS…