Archives for March, 2010

ERVs, Epigenetics, and Testicular Cancer

Once again, ERVs, the best goddamn workhorse in the stable, have provided another great example for explaining How the World Works. This time? How a functional ERV protein interacts with normal cellular proteins to cause epigenetic changes that lead to cancer: Human Endogenous Retrovirus Protein Rec interacts with the Testicular Zinc Finger Protein and Androgen…

Oh for fucks sake. Just after Jenny McCarthys ‘keynote address‘ at an ‘autism’ conference sponsored by AUTISMONE and Generation Rescue, Judy Mikovits is going to talk to everyone about XMRV (3-4 pm). Judy, you are one pathetic excuse of a ‘scientist’.

The Great Banff Adventure!!

They wouldnt let us pay for gas or anything, so the best I can do is Blog Props: Mark and his Super Awesome Girlfriend are AWESOME!!! There is this company that offers tours around Banff– White Mountain Adventures, something like that. Yeah… all the trips they offer? MARK AND HIS SUPER AWESOME GIRLFRIEND TOOK ME…

The Great Banff Adventure!

OMG you guys! I have had such a day (in a good way)! 1– We barely made it out of OKC. Barely. As in, our plane left, and then they shut down Will Rogers Airport for a while, cause our plane had to be de-iced three times to get off the ground. 2– We barely…

HIV Denier FAIL

AAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Know how a while back, when I let that ‘House of Numbers’ spam through for the lulz? Well, apparently that spam was sent by a real human, not a spambot. Like, a real breathing human with no life. Cause humanspambot took that comment going through as an opportunity to spam numerous other posts on…

Varmus head of National Cancer Institute!

WHOO!! Harold Varmus is gonna be the next head of the National Cancer Institute (probably, still a non-confirmed nerd rumor)! *excited peter griffin giggle*

Backwards day: Using ERVs to treat cancer

Retroviruses cause cancer. Like how HPV causes cancer, its not really ‘on purpose’, its just a side-effect of their life-cycle– insert DNA randomly into a genome enough times, and eventually youre going to plop somewhere you aint supposed to be, and cause cancer. Thus I am terribly amused when Creationists bawww about how ERVs are…

Banff!

Next week Im going to be in Banff, Alberta. Its just a generic resort town, so I dont suppose any of *you* would be there to party, but I was hoping some of you might have visited and know some tips/tricks/things to see/things to avoid. My plans so far: soak in hot springs for a…

Two Big Fat Frauds

Doing the right thing for the wrong reasons two totally different ways: 1. NEWSFLASH! Gabourey Sidibe is fat! Boy I never noticed that before! I bet you all didnt either! I bet this is like, a divine revelation for Ms Sidibe, too. Thank goodness this fact is pointed out to all of us! Look, Gabourey…

Anti-HIV properties of… bananas?

[insert random collection of Ray Comfort jokes here] Well, this is a welcome bit of good news! A lectin isolated from bananas is a potent inhibitor of HIV replication. Lectins are proteins that bind to specific sugars. For example, in humans, lets say you are infected with Staphylococus aureus. Your human lectins ignore ‘your’ sugar,…