Archives for April, 2010

Fruity viruses

One of the reasons I started writing ERV was to help demystify viruses for the general public. To Average Joes/Janes, viruses are scary-ass little buggars– alien creatures that make you sick, kill you overnight in horrible scary ways, and you never see them coming. I hope long-time readers of ERV are now aware that while…

Chubby Virus

You all might remember this story from a few years ago: Contagious Obesity? Identifying The Human Adenoviruses That May Make Us Fat This is one of the papers that article was based on: Human adenovirus-36 is associated with increased body weight and paradoxical reduction of serum lipids Long story short, an adenovirus (virus Ive written…

Horribleness2

How to make something totally awesome and geeky even MOAR AWESOME AND GEEKY? Stylize ‘Dr. Horribles Sing Along Blog‘ into an old-school Nintendo game: AAAAAAAH I HOPE HE DOES ALL THREE ACTS!!! H/T to Phage Integrase!

Arnies long-lost cousin

Since Arnie was a street dog when I found him, his parentage has always been in question. It doesnt help that he is a ‘pit bull’, which could mean any number of things– line up 50 ‘pit bulls’ and you will get short-and-stout to long-and-lean and everything in between. Black, white, red, big spots, small…

Steven Pinker will be speaking tonight at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chicasha! Steven Pinker asks audacious questions about the human mind — then boldly sets out to answer them. Recently named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in The World, he is enormously popular in the media and…

Using HSV-1 to cure metastatic melanoma

Metastatic melanoma is definately one of the Cancers That Suck. We basically have the same treatment options in 2010 as they had back in 1975… and not because we have chemotherapy/immunotherapy that works super great, no reason to change it. Our treatment options just suck, with horrible consequences– Say you have 100 friends that are…

Quasispecies: A Wrinkle in Time

Super awesome review of viral quasispecies and what they mean, historically and currently: Unfinished stories on viral quasispecies and Darwinian views of evolution. They touch on so many good points, I could write about this review for a week! But just read it, cause I think you all can access it for free One point…

BALLS!

From my post on testicular cancer and ERVs earlier this week, to Randys balls in the last episode of South Park, the word of the week appears to be “BALLS!” This trend is continuing, considering Judy Mikovits/the Chronic Fatigue communities vociferous support for anti-vaccination cranks: The increasing incidence of mumps orchitis: a comprehensive review– There…

Not all CD4+ T-cells are created equal

One of the coolest things I learned last week in Banff is the ‘why’ behind an odd AIDS phenomena: So you all might know that the cut-off, the mark for being diagnosed with AIDS (and not just ‘HIV-1+’) is a CD4+ T-cell count of