Archives for September, 2011

This study is a case study from this study (lol): Chimeric Antigen Receptor-Modified T Cells in Chronic Lymphoid Leukemia I imagined this scene happened in one of their lab meetings: I didnt go in-depth as to how everything was working before, so I thought I would do it now!

Yo dawg: Republicans, Vaccines, and HuffPo

An infinite loop of crazy– Apparently Michele Bachmann (Crazy, MN) wants her daughters (and any/all women) to get cervical cancer if they grow up to engage in any kind of sex their mother doesnt agree with (but almost certainly engaged in herself), so at the Republican debate for whatever, she ‘called out’ Rick Perry (Crazy,…

GO AWAY. NO ONE LIKES YOU. Part II

Dear Discovery Institute– GO AWAY. NO ONE LIKES YOU. Yours in Christ– –ERV UUUUUUUGH. The DI is going to be in Oklahoma, AGAIN. To show a stupid movie, AGAIN. Gee, I wonder if the ‘movie’ is going to be a bunch of assholes herp-durping about something pretty with stupid (probably stolen) computer animations with a…

GO AWAY. NO ONE LIKES YOU. Part I

Dear Sally Kern– GO AWAY. NO ONE LIKES YOU. Yours in Christ– –ERV Good Ol Sally Kern is in the news again, repeating the same BS that a hateful piece of shit, Fred Pope, was saying that helped drive a gay boy to suicide this time last year. Yaaaaay… Actual quote: You know if you…

The Antarctica Files: Whale whirls!

Writing grants + papers + stress + migraines + beautiful weather apparently = me not blogging. :-/ Luckily, others are and Dr. Dolittle at LifeLines put up a post on how whales use bubbles to hunt: Blowing Bubbles While that sounds like part of a Monty Python bit (“First you get the comfy chair… and…

PLoS supports scientists

I have to give a huge round of applause to PLoS, specifically, PLoS ONE, and their handling of the XMRV fiasco. Some of you might remember, early 2010 PLoS published the very first ‘Umm… XMRV isnt there…’ paper, Failure to Detect the Novel Retrovirus XMRV in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. To a scientist, it was interesting,…

Puppy Butt

For the past month, I have been living in the lab trying to cram some of my data + new data for a grant submission. I am alive right now exclusively due to the calories consumed via Mountain Dew (classic, and a wide variety of exciting flavors they have added to the collection), because I…

What caused The Black Death? Its not only an interesting question from a paleomicrobiology standpoint, but of practical importance– While we have all kinds of technology here in 2011 that would have, no doubt, increased the survival rates of Plague victims in the 1400s, it would be more comforting to know exactly what caused that…