Archives for October, 2010

Even MOAR Endogenous Non-Retroviruses

Now COMMON. COMMON. What is this nonsense? COMMON. … How am I supposed to have a blog titled ‘ERV’, crowing on about how awesome and special endogenous retroviruses are, when scientists keep friggen unearthing endogenous NON-retroviruses. COMMON!! First there were Borna disease viruses. Then there were filoviruses. Then there were hepadnaviruses. And NOW, NOW there…

Im totally done with XMRV–>CFS. It appears that scientists have gotten their heads back, and this last slew of testing was officially the death-blow for this hypothesis for me: Theres no XMRV in HIV-1 patients. Three studies now, not to find an association between the two. HIV/AIDS patients get everything and anything, and when they…

Immunology– Isnt it maaaagikaaaaal??

A few months ago, Kathryn Applegate wrote a couple posts on the adaptive immune system. Its relatively inoffensive. Just the bland ‘science’ Im used to hearing from theists, flavored with dull gender normative stories and analogies containing her husband and toddlers and clothes/shoes. And then at random points within the sterile descriptions of science, Applegate…

Vivisectiongate

Hey. Hey you all remember a while back, when some climate change denialists hacked into someones email, and released all these ‘damning’ statements on how climate change is all a lie. Except, its not. You know how climate change denialists are normally crazy right wing Christian/Libertarian dipshits? Apparently, crazy left wing hippy freaks arent above…

Hate should be outed too.

Today is National Coming Out Day. Last week, a young man from Norman OK killed himself, a few days after listening to hours of hateful comments at a Norman City Council meeting. Watch it. Comments start at ~min 43. I picked a time-point at random– ~ 1 hour in. I got to see a comment…

Texas Freethought Convention!

The word of the day is AWESOME. Friday night, before I drove down to Dallas, I got to see Muse in concert. I think its funny that several years ago, when I went to see David Bowie, they wouldnt even let us have disposable cameras in the theater. Now that cell phones with cameras are…

Viral Mysteries: Colony Collapse Disorder

Im sure this isnt news to any of you– Honey Bees are dying. We dont know why. I thought we had an answer to this problem, and the answer was a virus– Israeli acute paralysis virus. But although IAPV definitely has an effect on honey bee immunity, apparently it fell through as The Cause of…

Viral Mysteries: Chikungunya Virus

I think a lot of kids get the wrong impression about the medical field via TV. I mean like, I like ‘House’. It is an entertaining TV show. But being an MD is absolutely nothing like that. Its not really a mystery novel. Its more like ‘cataract surgery 5 times today… and 15 times this…

If theres one question I get over and over and over and over on ERV, its this one: What kind of viruses are in bat poop?? Until yesterday, I had no idea what to tell the millions of people sending me that Q. Thank GAWD daedalus2u sent me a link to this awesome paper! Bat…

Thanks once again to Trine Tsouderos: Chronic fatigue and XMRV — what one researcher (who’s been there) has to say Weiss’ main point is that the history of retrovirology is littered with the debris of papers finding a link between a virus and a disease that later turned out to be false results caused by…