Archives for May, 2010

A while back I wrote about how the lead researcher at the Whittemore Peterson Institute, Judy Mikovits, is speaking at Autismone, a huge anti-vax rally in Chicago later this month. I thought Judy was just a crank. Dime a dozen, whatevs. Turns out things are worse than that. Much much worse than that. Its cranks…

This post is really frustrating to write. Its frustrating because this paper could (should) be FANTASTICALLY COOL, but it was just really frustrating to read: Mosaic HIV-1 vaccines expand the breadth and depth of cellular immune responses in rhesus monkeys You all know there is a TON of genetic diversity in HIV-1. That has been…

Earlier this week, Peter Palese visited our Uni (he made it through Oklahomas version of hazing: a night of tornadoes, LOL!). I gotta say, man, that guy might be one of the biggest names in influenza/virology research. He might have a few hundred publications. He might be a member of the National Academy. But that…

Immunology Woo: MHC Mates, Part 3

My first tech job out of college, I worked with a lovely group of Chinese ladies. They gave me a Chinese nick-name meaning: dog nose. Im working under the assumption that this wasnt an Anti-Semitic thing (lol!), but a comment on my really sensitive sense of smell. I would walk into the lab, smell gas,…

Mainstream Baptist

Being an out, proud, vocal atheist, one thing I seem to have trouble communicating to people is just how very little I care about their own personal beliefs. I dont care if you love Jesus any more than I care if you love Big Macs or tap dancing or MAC lipstick. Its your life, whatever.…

WARNING: Get a box of Kleenex before you read this post! I am NOT joking. A few weeks ago I wrote a post on how scientists are using a genetically modified herpes simplex-1 virus to attack metastatic melanoma (an oncolytic, ie kills tumor cells, virus). The results of their clinical trials blew my mind. Today…

Oh yeah– Today is the National Day of Prayer (WHOOO NICK! WHOOOOO!!!). Lets celebrate! This catchy tune from 2004 is still 100% relevant– from abortion to child rape… good times…

Green our vaccines!

Antivaxers want green vaccines? How about vaccines produced in plants? Solar powered, green leafy plants– Cant get much more green than that! The basic idea is that we modify plants to make viral/bacterial proteins, and then we eat the plants, and YAY! Vaccine! How could this possibly work? Doesnt everything just get digested? Well, there…

Laboratory #3– Huh. This letter was written by the lead author of the Netherlands study on XMRV in CFS on April 22. Here it is (looks at calendar), May 5th, and I have yet to see this ‘response’ published online anywhere but here. Its so weird that the Whittemore Peterson Institute didnt post it online…

ERVs and Hodgkins lymphoma

Hey, you guys remember a while back, when Casey ‘Tits’ Luskin about peed his pants because ‘ERVS AR BE FUNKSHUNAL!!‘ Except, this is really another case of Creationists not knowing the difference between an ERV, solo LTRs, and random wayward ERV genes. And those solo LTRs that could theoretically still act as a promoter, really…