Archives for June, 2011

[fear mongering post for the year. I really hate ticks, and I cant believe no one has told me about this virus before] I love making exclamations like that. First time I had Indian food: WHY ARE WE NOT EATING THIS ALL THE TIME?? When I learned hand-to-hand combat: WHY ARE WE NOT TEACHING THIS…

Mawage.

BACK!! Went to a wedding this weekend. Actually, was in a wedding this weekend. I had a blast, everything went off without a hitch, and it completely and utterly reinforced my opinion that I want nothing to do with marriage. I just have no emotional or practical need or desire for it. Its not because…

Today I spent the day driving home– one of my best friends since the seventh grade is getting married this weekend. Look forward to pics of me in a ‘beautiful’ hot-pink bridesmades dress soon… Anyway, since I was on the road all day, I of course wasnt connected to the internet. So I just got…

Viruses and Prostate Cancer

No, Im not talking about XMRV Im talking about using genetically modified viruses to treat prostate cancer Broad antigenic coverage induced by vaccination with virus-based cDNA libraries cures established tumors First, just to be clear, I dont know how this works. :-/ I mean, I know how this ‘works’, but I dont know how its…

heh. ‘Shrek virus’. heheh.

Theres something Ive always wondered, in a stupid way, about viruses. Like a sloven Creationist musing “IF EVILUTION IS RAEL, Y NO HUMANS HAS WINGZ???”, Ive often wondered “IF EVILUTION IS RAEL, Y NO VIRUSES MAEK US SEXAH??” In my defense, I always wonder this while Im in the throes if a terrible cold or…

Another rabies survivor

All the neighborhood kids love mah puppeh, Arnie. They are out playing in the playground, see me and Arnie coming, and they come running over to give Arnie lovies and to get Arnie kissies. And, seeing as my parents and most of my aunts and uncles are teachers, I make sure to use this opportunity…

Apocalypse called off

Oh thank god. I am not a ’3 Quarks Daily’ finalist. While I certainly appreciate readers nominating and voting for me (getting that kind of support for the semi-finals was award enough for me!), the day I win some kind of award for writing is the day before the end of the Universe as we…

An deeeeen?

This summer, Ive got three undergrads in the lab. While some might view this as babysitting, I love it. Love it!! … which is probably why I have three this summer… but it is easy to love when youve had the fantastic students we have had in the lab in the past, and the three…

Honey Bee Microbiome: What is normal?

To quote me from 2009: Since ~2006, honey bee colonies in the US have been dropping dead overnight. Literally. They call it ‘colony collapse disorder’. While large populations of organisms dying is disturbing, no matter the species, we need honey bees– they help pollinate so many of our crops. I grew up in the banks…

Is this real life?

What is going on? The Nominees for the 2011 3QD Prize in Science Are: Alphabetical list of blog names followed by the blog post title: 34. ERV: Barnyard Week: White Chickens Are ERV Mutants WHAT IS HAPPENING???? I DONT UNDERSTAND!!! Me no thinks me rites gud, but if u lieks u can votes for me?