Archives for February, 2011

There are lots of controversies in viral research. Not just woo ones, like whether HIV-1 exists and causes AIDS, but real controversies that have been going on for some time, like whether HIV-1 infects dendritic cells or DCs just carry–>pass on virions. The public hears about the stupid stuff, but dont know (dont care?) about…

HIV-1, HIV Denial, and boxing: Round 3

While practicality is one of the tools in my arsenal against anti-science advocates, its not my favorite. Maybe its because I am a delicate female with doe-eyes and sweet sensitivities, but my favorite weapon is emotion. I tell you what, its damn hard to talk to the general public (much less wooers) about the intricacies…

Why havent we cured cancer yeeeeeet?

A neat paper was just published in Nature, where they did complete genome sequencing of the prostate cancer tumors from seven advanced/aggressive prostate cancer patients. The genomic complexity of primary human prostate cancer Why did they want to do this? They hoped to identify some new features of aggressive prostate cancer that could be exploited…

HIV-1, HIV Denial, and boxing: Round 2

So I was just alerted by a reader that the Montreal Gazette just published a rebuttal to the HIV Denial POS they published a few days ago. Dr. Norbert Gilmore takes an angle I like: Practicality. We deal with it all the time with wooers– its easy for HIV Deniers or Creationists or anti-vaxers to…

ERV approved spam

I get a ton of spam in the comments of ERV. Happily, we have a really good spam filter (too good sometimes, as most of us, even me, have gotten comments sent straight to spam for no discernible reason), but still, a bit of Turkish spam or STD dating site spam or steroid spam gets…

HIV-1, HIV Denial, and boxing

HIV(+) status and sports is a big deal. Any time there is a non-negligible risk of a bloody nose (golf or swimming vs soccer or basketball), there is a risk someone is going to get a blood droplet in the eye. Another player, a ref, a coach, a spectator, a beer vendor– yes, the odds…

Day 5.

I dont know where this graph came from. [citation needed] But its true.

Anti-food-technology movement is just like the anti-evolution movement. Its got jack to do with the science. Its got everything to do with politics and personal ignorance. So lets all pretend to act shocked and surprised that an anti-GMO group has taken a page from anti-evolutionists on how to prevent children from learning science in schools:…