Archives for May, 2011

Sometimes papers make me laugh because they are so bad. Sometimes papers make me laugh when they do or report something particularly clever. This paper is the latter: No Evidence of Murine-Like Gammaretroviruses in CFS Patients Previously Identified as XMRV-Infected I literally laughed-out-loud several times while reading it. Quick summary– Other people looked for XMRV…

Barnyard Week: BoERVs in Big Bos Taurus

Like BlagHag, I have a soft-spot for astrology. Not that I ever ‘believed’ in it, I have just always loved the stars and the moon and zodaic stuff is just fun. Via that, Ive also always had a soft-spot for cows. I am a Taurus, and I just think cows are pretty: I also love…

I LOVE talking about PERVs on ERV. PERVs. PERVs. EVEN MOAR PERVs. I LOVE PERVs! Well… PERVs as in Piggie Porcine Endogenous Retroviruses. Not pervs as in Catholic Priests and Teh Popes advisers. Thats a different story. Because the need for organs for transplants is so high, and because pigs are pretty great sources for…

Barnyard Week: Of horses and herpes

This post isnt going to be as funny or as ripe for Pope jokes as some of you might be hoping. Sry. Herpes in horses EHV, has a lot of similarities to the ‘herpes’ us humans are used to– HSV-1 and 2, EBV, CMV, chicken pox, etc. Its similar in that, I mean, its herpes.…

Brother Sam in OKC tonight!

Assuming he didnt get blown away last night, Brother Sam Singleton is going to be doing a show tonight in OKC! If you also didnt get blow away last night, you should totally go– I got to see Brother Sams show at the Texas Freethought Convention, and it was great! Its like stand-up comedy, but…

Storm Update

Thanks to everyone who has sent a message! Just so yall know, everything is fine on my end here in OK. Me and Arnie went to campus before the storm hit and just hung out there (with about a dozen other students pups and a cat, lol!) Realized that was the first time Arnie has…

So I got the idea to do this after stumbling across a bunch of viral/farmyard stories this week. I know its currently Tuesday, not Sunday, so, SURPRISE!!! BARNYARD WEEK! If you ERV readers are anything like me, you have spent countless nights tossing and turning in bed, unable to sleep, unable to stop pondering one…

SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! The first sequenced carnivore genome shows complex host-endogenous retrovirus relationships. ONE note of dismay: They did not include a picture of the boxer they sequenced. WTF??? Substitute picture: see more dog and puppy pictures Fun quickies! Despite Arnies love of getting into the garbage, dogs have much less junk DNA via proviral ERVs than…

I finally understand, Whittemore Peterson Institute. I get it. You exist to torment me. (video NSFW if you will get in trouble for throwing up at your desk)

Tuesday, May 17th, at noon (Central Time), Trine Tsouderos is hosting a live-chat with one of the people who literally wrote the book on viruses, Vincent Racaniello. LINKY!! I know you all have *ME* to chat with But I do encourage you all to submit questions to Vince and Trine, partly because this is a…