Archives for December, 2010

You still need to file this under “Whoa thats cool! But its not really a realistic solution for the AIDS pandemic”. The HIV+ fellow they treated for cancer with bone marrow from a deltaCCR5 donor is still alive and kicking 3.5 years later, and for all intents and purposes, ‘cured’ of HIV/AIDS. Evidence for the…

Where in the World is ERV? II

Goin to Antarctica to scope out future Karnak locations. Might stay to oversee construction. *shrug* Actually, if I can figure out a way to get high-speed internet, I might just hang out down there for a while. Have some peace and quiet… ‘alone time’… Nothing to do with the blogging contest earlier this year, but…

Anti-Vax in OK, AGAIN

I dont know about you all, but if you ask me to picture an anti-vaxer, I picture a white, middle-to-upper-class woman who lives on one of the Coasts. Its ‘liberal’ anti-science, along with anti-food-technology and animal liberation, a counterpart to ‘conservative’ anti-science like Creationism and global warming denial. So living in OK, Im totally used…

Woo-ers are dicks.

Orac recently had a post up on Terminator Cranks. Which Cranks are the most persistent? NEW QUESTION. Which Cranks are the biggest assholes? My vote goes to the alt-med crew, as a whole. The anti-vaxers are infamous for their ability to be complete and utter assholes. Like, above and beyond simple assholery. You basically just…

‘A dubious diagnosis’

Trine Tsouderos has done it again! She is a one woman, woo-fighting machine! She has taken on anti-vaxers. She has taken on Dr. Oz. She has taken on XMRV–>CFS. And now shes goin after a rare wooity– Chronic Lyme Disease: Lyme disease is real. The bacterial infection, chiefly transmitted by deer ticks, can cause rashes,…

Where in the world is ERV?

HAI GUYS! Im currently packing to go on a trip. A semi-long trip (few weeks) where my internet access will be sparse (*TWITCH*… **TWIIIIIIIITCH**), so, funny enough, the blag is a little quiet now so its not totally quiet while Im gone. Also, just a heads up,The Management is going to be keeping their eyes…

HIV-1 CTL Vaccine: lol, we are screwed.

Glance back at this post for a refresher on what Im going to write about here. Quick recap: HIV-1 usually evolves around this to ‘hide’ from CTLs. Maybe it puts a sombrero on the skull so the CTLs think its a party boat. But while HIV-1 evolves ways to hide from cytotoxic T-cells, this escape…

Pit Bulls as therapy dogs

The Plan for Arnie, since Day 1, was for him to be a therapy dog. I love volunteering for hospitals/hospice/retirement homes, I live right next to a VA/childrens/regular hospitals, and Arnie is an incredibly happy, social dog. Its a natural fit. But when Arnie was a puppy, it became clear that he wasnt just social.…

Obvious scam is obvious: Dinesh D’Souza

So, Dinesh D’Souza is speaking at OU tonight. Or this afternoon. Or whatever. I couldnt help but notice not only how D’Souza is defined by his ‘enemies’, but that D’Souza defines himself by his ‘enemies’: The God Decision: Delusion, Confusion or Truth? The “New Atheism” is an increasingly popular worldview promoted by well-known intellectuals including,…