Archives for August, 2011

Virologists talkin about virology!

Vincent Racaniello, the fellow who literally wrote the textbook on viruses, had me and Rich Condit on his show this week to talk about viruses! Its a little different than the podcasts I normally do– normally these are really targeted towards a very general audience. Vincents show is more like you all getting to eavesdrop…

Measles vs Cancer

Just to make this clear up front: WHAT I AM ABOUT TO WRITE ABOUT IS NOT A ‘CURE’ FOR CANCER. ITS A NEAT IDEA WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO CAPITALIZE ON IN THE FUTURE. ITS COOL! NOT A ‘CURE’. Perfect example of the potential domesticated viruses have to tame deadly diseases! Tumor Cell Marker PVRL4…

What a scientist means when they say “Person 1 didnt respond well to Vaccine A”: Person 1 was given a vaccine. They did not generate a protective adaptive immune response from that vaccine (either B- or T-cell, whichever was supposed to occur). OR Person 1 did show an adaptive response initially, but there was no…

Revenge in Tripoli

Long-time readers of SciBlogs might remember the physicians and nurses working in Libya in the late 1990s, who were accused of purposefully infecting children with HIV-1, the “Tripoli 6″. Science established that they were innocent. Basic logic established they were innocent (not only was there no motive for intentionally infecting children, or precedent with past…

I have some surprising news for my homosexual ERV readers: In the state of Florida, youre all virgins! The judges found that because the law referenced ‘sexual intercourse’ that it could only be applied to heterosexual activity since intercourse is only defined as “the penetration of the female sex organ by the male sex organ.”…

DNA Extraction Columns Contaminated with Murine Sequences This paper makes me very thankful for two things: 1– Bossman is extremely neurotic about controls (this apparently, is inheritable, because I am too). 2– I dont work on a mouse virus. If the list of potential sources of contamination in the XMRV–>prostate cancer, XMRV–>CFS stories werent long…

[insert generic Draco Malfoy joke here]

A bunch of folks have emailed me about this article, being heavily pimped in pop media: Broad-Spectrum Antiviral Therapeutics Being SciBlogs resident Debbie Downer, it was good to see Ive trained you all well. The most common comment people emailed along with the link to a pop news article: “Why is this wrong?”/”Why is this…

Oh, Im not a doctor.

My response: Patient: Are you sure youre a doctor? Me: Oh, Im not a doctor. If you are a regular reader of ERV, one of the Big Ideas I hope you take away from this blog is ‘Viruses are not Bad Guys‘ (more, more, this list isnt exhaustive, Ive written about this a million times).…

YAAAAAAAAAY!!! A *big* “THANK YOU!!” to The Thinking Atheist for recording and producing these videos (all of the speeches will be up on his YouTube channel). He brought all the equipment, the audio is great, the video is great, he integrated in the slides from my PowerPoint, dealt with uploading everything to YouTube (I know…

Antibodies: Evolution in action II

Obviously, my first post on Antibodies: Evolution in action isnt the whole story, cause otherwise we would only have… like… eight different antibodies… :-/ Thats obviously not the case. Weve got lots and lots and lots of antibodies that recognize lots and lots and lots of different things! Kevin has a post up at We…