Archives for July, 2010

Blag Hag Blogathon!

If you are sick of reading us SciBlings bitch about PepsiBlog, and want something else to read on a scorching hot Saturday– Blag Hag is holding a blogathon today to help raise funds for the Secular Student Alliance! New post every 30 minutes! Also… **COUGH-COUGH**

I think its pretty obvious to even the most casual observer of this blog, I am not a professional writer. I am a scientist-in-training who is madly in love with viruses, and wants the general public to understand how cool viruses are too, so I write this blag. While I have been coaxed into writing…

Ummmmmmm… Hmmm… Filoviruses are ancient and integrated into mammalian genomes Hmmmmmm… Unexpected Inheritance: Multiple Integrations of Ancient Bornavirus and Ebolavirus/Marburgvirus Sequences in Vertebrate Genomes– This first comprehensive study of its kind demonstrates that the sources of genetic inheritance in vertebrate genomes are considerably more diverse than previously appreciated. No… no… PLOS received this paper first,…

Green our vaccines! Part II

While poop jokes are all in good fun here in the US (and in other developed parts of the world), diarrhea really isnt all that funny for most of the planet. Dehydration due to diarrhea is the second leading cause of death for babies, worldwide (it was #1 until we started aggressive education/re-hydration efforts). Hundreds…

Beta Globin and Junk

Human beta globin has held a special place in my heart due to its rather prominent role in the Evolution-Creation ‘debate’. It just got a neat evolutionary upgrade Humans have one kind of hemoglobin when they are infants which has a higher affinity for O2 (alpha globin + gamma globin), because it makes it easier…

Saturday Shillery: Goody Spin Pins

Lets say you are a super hero. You are in cognito at this huge fancy party the Mayor is throwing, and you get word that one of the party guests is really a mad scientist/evil genius whos about to do something really mad/evil. You can stop them, but the mad scientist/evil genius is in cognito…

WARBLEGARBLETHISISSOCOOLYALL! Where to start? You all are aware of the fact we have ‘science education issues’ here in Oklahoma? Well not everyone here is sitting on their hands, shaking their heads, bemoaning what a shame it is. A fellow who lives in Stillwater, Monty Harper, is actually trying to do something about it in a…

Im sure you all remember the guy I wrote about a while back, who had HIV-1 and leukemia. While that is actually pretty common, what wasnt common was his treatment– a bone marrow transplant from a match who happened to lack the CCR5 gene, thus lacked one of the co-receptors HIV-1 needs to infect cells.…

Oklahoma: Full of SINNERS!

My mom and her friends have been having a fun time with recent Oklahoma weather– We had constant ice storms that crippled the city this winter. Spring gave us loads of tornadoes and of course, the sideways baseball-sized hail. This summer has been ‘filled’ with flooding… Mom & Co. giggle: “Better stock up on OFF!.…

Sometimes I am the worlds worst advocate for my own research. Yes, its fantastically cool. Yes, we learn more about the world and how life evolves on it. But THE REASON I do HIV-1 research is to help ultimately create an HIV-1 vaccine. The only way we are going to beat HIV-1 is to stop…