Archives for July, 2011

For some reason, I thought a potential side-effect of flu vaccines was Guillain-Barre syndrome. I mean, its super super rare, but I thought that was a stock-standard potential adverse event. Apparently, thats not the case– whether Guillain-Barre syndrome is an actual side-effect of influenza vaccines is a controversial subject (not just with anti-vaxers, or hoaxers,…

Despite his apparent random and brief moments of lucidity, I cant say Im a ‘big fan’ of Oklahoma senator and physician Tom Coburn (click here to read his completely insane ‘analysis’ of HIV/AIDS). He says hes ‘PRO-LIFE’ yet he held up funds for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention in Africa because some of the organizations that…

*heavy-sigh* HIV Research World is infecting other fields: A Highly Conserved Neutralizing Epitope on Group 2 Influenza A Viruses Media coverage of referenced paper: Discovery of Natural Antibody Brings a Universal Flu Vaccine a Step Closer No, it doesnt. Unless if by ‘universal flu vaccine’ you actually mean ‘gene therapy for everyone instead of flu…

I have written quite a bit about Cytotoxic-T-Cell-based HIV-1 vaccines here on ERV. Though antibodies can target HIV-1 viruses, and HIV-1 infected cells, CTLs should be the go-to workhorses for killing HIV-1 infected cells. Pimped-up Souped-up Bionic Assassin Lethal Weapon Killer T-Cells as a cure for AIDS? HIV-1 CTL Vaccine: OH SHI- HIV-1 Vaccine: Again,…

Nef

Nef. The bane of my existence for some time now. I dont talk much about my research here, but its safe to say I consider myself an inventor who works in virology. People say “Damn. Its so hard to do ___. I wish there was an easier way…” and Im like “… I can do…

Thanks to PZ for the format/inspiration! Be self-aware. You are the speaker in a room filled with dozens, hundreds, thousands of people. Especially at atheist/skeptic conferences, we are all very interesting people, but out of those dozens/hundreds/thousands of people who could have been chosen to give a presentation, you were chosen. Your opinion and your…

HuffPo lulz

If there is one thing that terrifies me as a blogger, its noticing site-hits from HuffPo. It means one of two things– 1– They stole some of your content 2– One of their kook ‘writers’ linked to you, and a shitstorm of crazy is about to invade Yeah… I noticed some hits from HuffPo yesterday……

Bad form, Rebecca Watson.

Note from ERV– Like all posts on ERV, I wrote this one the night before (Thurs) and scheduled it for the next day (Fri). But with this post, I wrote it, but then just saved it, intending to completely alter the tone of the post as I was eating breakfast. But then I woke up…