A couple weeks ago, Teh Discovery Institute held some kind of
revival ‘conference’ at a local Evangelical church. The Usual Suspects were there– Caseytits, West, some other guy, but also my HIV Evolution BFF Michael Behe. I ended up not being able to go due to a scheduling conflict. I was at a conference on HIV Evolution, which as we all know, according to the worlds most preeminent HIV researcher Michael Behe, doesnt exist.
So Ive been Googling around trying to get a recap of what went down.
As the kids say, “not a single fuck was given that day”.
Not one blog post or news article or message board comment by any Evangelical, who went to the event and was moved to post a word. There is only this second-hand recap from our awesome Americans United local prez, Mike Fuller.
*sarcasm* DARN YOU CHARISMATIC CREATIONISTS!! They must have put everyone in a trance of some kind! Some people call it ‘sleep’, but I know better! Im on to them!
Know who spoke at my Uni yesterday? Edward Stephens! Hes talked about “The Role of Vpu in HIV-1 Pathogenesis” (hes got about 20 papers on Vpu up on PubMed (alone, not including all his other HIV-1 work)). Really neat talk about how Vpu has evolved differentially in all the subtypes from the SIVCPZ Vpu ancestor. LOL, turns out the HIV-1 versions dont look or behave like SIVCPZ Vpu. HIV-1 Group M stumbled upon several amino acid changes (different ways in different subtypes, while some subtypes havent, like Subtype F) that increased viral release in infected human cells. Almost like Vpu is a ‘new gene’ working in a ‘new way’, making ‘new protein-protein interactions’ in response to ‘new selective pressures’, aka new functions/phenotypes from random mutation and natural selection. Also, tetherin might not be the only ‘new’ protein its interacting with now.
LOL! Dr. Stephens, what a rube! Wasting his life on Evilution, speaking to fellow scientists, discovering new things and helping us understand the world around us, helping us relieve the strain of a deadly epidemic on humanity– when he could be leading sermons for 150-200 dozing patrons in church basements like the great Michael Behe, degrading, distorting, and ignoring the hard work of others, while contributing nothing of value to humanity himself (while still collecting a paycheck).