Archives for November, 2011

Born to Do Science: The Podcast!

Monty Harper is an Oklahoma musician who writes/performs songs for kids with pro-science messages. You guys helped get his latest CD ‘Songs from the Science Frontier’ made, but what Monty is known for locally are the ‘Born to Do Science’ programs he organizes for the Stillwater Public Library! He gets local scientists to come in…

Tenofovir fail

One problem we have to deal with in HIV-1 world (of the many problems we have to deal with) is that no one is ‘cured’ of HIV/AIDS (except this guy). So people who are infected go on to infect more people, who go on to infect more people, who go on to infect more people……

HIV-1 Denial News

Do you want the good news first, or the bad news? I like to get the bad news first, usually, because then the good news can cheer me up. So, the bad news: Kim Bannon has Passed Away (back-story on Kim Bannon) HIV-1 Denial claimed another life. It was reported that (HIV-1 positive) HIV-1 Denier…

I mean for Petes sake: Chronic fatigue syndrome researcher Judy Mikovits arrested I mean, this is funny. No doubt this is funny. Its funny to see The Patient Community defending Mikovits, the woman who said she didnt have a problem lying to patients when it was convenient for her. Its funny to see The Patient…

Realistic depiction of the scientific process

My favorite ‘artistic rendition’ of the scientific process, the only realistic depiction of what science is/how it is done on TV, is this montage from Big Bang Theory. This flow-chart is pretty damn accurate too: See more on Know Your Meme This is what you are getting into if you want to be a scientist–…

Recently, several impossible events have happened here in Oklahoma City: 1– 5.6 magnitude earthquake 2– Abbie rides motorcycles 3– OKC add sexual orientation to nondiscrimination policy END TIMES! END TIMES!!!!! Just last week, it was entirely legal for, say, an OKC fire department, not to hire someone because they thought the applicant was gay. It…

HERVs and disease and junk DNA

I love junk DNA. Well, thats an understatement– I mean I love is SO MUCH I created a blog dedicated to a particular form of junk DNA, endogenous retroviruses. I love how we can learn fantastic things about organisms (and their diseases) from, basically, dumpster-diving though millions and millions of years of mistakes and accidents…

HERVs and HIV-1

Quick recap of ERVs for new readers of ERV (or long-time readers who have forgotten!)– ERVs are retroviruses that accidentally infected an egg/sperm cell, and became a permanent part of that egg/sperms DNA. That egg/sperm then went on to successfully generate a viable embryo, and because that retrovirus was part of the egg/sperms DNA, it…

BlogBrother Ethan Siegel just caught (yet another) scientist manipulating data to generate the conclusion they want… not the conclusion the data actually supports. Exposing a Climate Science Fraud Yeah, thats how we roll on SciBlogs. But in my example, the scientists actively hid relevant data from other scientists they were speaking to/the journals they were…

Pox-pops explode irony meters world-wide

Im sure you all have heard this story– Chickenpox parties–just a Facebook friend away “Pox packages,” child abuse, and the violation of federal law I dont have much to add other than a question for the parents doing this: I mean, lets ignore the ethical and legal implications of what they are doing. Lets just…