Archives for May, 2011

CMV vs HIV

Cytomegalovirus is one of those ubiquitous viruses. Pretty much everyone on Earth is infected with it, and if you arent, you probably will be at some point in your life. Some scientists got the idea to use CMV as a gene delivery system for HIV-1– ‘Infecting’ cells with ‘HIV’ without actually infecting cells with HIV,…

Amanda Marcotte, big internet name in skepticism and feminism just put up an article on The Guardian blag: The soft underbelly of the right’s hard abs … … … I dont get it. Or rather, I ‘get it’, but I find it distasteful, and I dont ‘get’ why she thought it was appropriate for her…

HERV vs HIV

CTL-based vaccines and HIV-1. Ive written about them quite a few times here on ERV. Quick recap– All of your cells fly ‘flags’ that show circulating cytotoxic T-cells what proteins they are making. Normally, a virus-infected cell will put up virus/pirate ‘flags’, the T-cell will ‘see’ something is wrong, and convince the infected cell to…

I want to bake our favorite ninja/journalist, Trine Tsouderos, some cupcakes. Awesomesauce: In an email, retrovirologist Jonathan Stoye suggested that if the methods described in the original paper don’t hold up, it should be retracted. “Sooner or later they are going to have to face up to the fact that [their] paper is almost certainly…

I want you all to see an article I just found via Relative Risk Blog. Its about ‘Chronic Lyme Disease’. About a young woman who was aggressively treated by a ‘questionable’ practitioner who had ‘cured herself’ of ‘Chronic Lyme’. No one believes in ‘Chronic Lyme’. ‘Everyone’ was ‘against’ this practitioner, while she insisted she ‘KNEW’…

FDA wants to keep people out of Eden!

Remember that shit supplement I wrote about just over a year ago, ‘Gene-Eden’? The FDA notified them that they have to stop saying their plant smoothie treats chronic viral infections and other STDs: Dara Corrigan, JD, the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs, says the warning letters give the companies time to voluntarily comply with…

From a basic, logical perspective, XMRV as the causative agent for any disease has been dead in my eyes, for quite some time. One would literally need to bend the rules of basic epidemiology, basic cancer biology, basic immunology, basic virology, time/space for ‘XMRV’ to be ‘real’. But of course, in the real world, especially…

A little Ni2+ to tickle your TLR4

Conceptually, its not excessively hard to understand how we develop allergies– Our bodies generate an inappropriate immune response to a protein that wouldnt otherwise cause us any harm, whether its tree pollen or dust mites or peanut proteins. But whats the deal with nickel allergies? Nickel is a cation– Ni2+. Our bodies are chock full…

1. Evilutionists say there is ‘junk DNA’ 2. ‘Junk DNA’ was used to ID Osamas body 3. ‘Junk DNA’ was therefore useful 4. Therefore, there is no such thing as ‘junk DNA’ 5. Therefore Evilution is false 6. Therefore humans were specially created by the Christian god 6000 years ago LOL, wat? File this under…

Women and woo: Do women hate vaccines?

There are no women on the internet at Skeptic meetings, women are more religious than men, women love astrology and ghosts and talking to spirits, it is easy to get the impression that women are the ‘weaker sex’– estrogen and glitter and unicorns and intuition and strawberry bubblegum build an impenetrable wall between women and…