Archives for December, 2011

(sorry about the commenting issues the past couple of days– dunno what that was, fixed now!) So, they finally retracted Lo et al, which should have never been published in the first place, as it turns out their findings were contamination, and they should have been aware of that if they BLASTed their goddamn sequences…

XMRV and chronic fatigue syndrome: RETRACTED

Thank you to Bruce Alberts for taking the initiative to do this*. I would also like to thank all of the hard working scientists, from all over the world, who did real research to help resolve this issue. It restores my faith in science. It really does. [Shorter Bruce Alberts: FUS-RO-DAH!!!!] [Bulk of the letter…

24 hours of absurdity in virology

The strangest things have happened in the past 24 hours. 1– New FDA approved clinical trial of anti-HIV vaccine YAY, right? Except I have no idea what the hell they are proposing to do in this clinical trial, other than what was mentioned in press releases– Its some kind of killed virus. Why the hell…

MMTV and Breast Cancer

Sorry, Hitch. Religion doesnt poison *everything*. Thanks to the bumbling efforts of ‘respected’ scientists like Judy Mikoivts, we now know that its not religion, but mouse DNA, that poisons everything. Relatively new readers of ERV are well aware of the fact that all efforts to connect XMRV to any human pathogen have ended up being…

Gene therapy for Hemophilia B

For the millionth time– Viruses are not just pathogens that make us sick. In the modern world, viruses have been domesticated, and are now used to treat/cure diseases. Example #gazillion: Hemophilia B: Adenovirus-Associated Virus Vector-Mediated Gene Transfer in Hemophilia B This study is far from perfect, and of course very preliminary, but still very exciting.…

Gene therapy for HIV/AIDS prevention

Once you are infected with HIV-1, you are screwed. Yes, we have antiretroviral therapies, but you will never be cured. You will never be free from the virus. And there is always a chance that the virus you are infected with will become resistant to the antiretroviral drugs used (this isnt just a distant chance,…

Mary Magee is Jane Doe.

While you all are having a good time making fun of PZ Myers for bravely outing a dead Russian (damn zombie trolls!), I figured it would be a good time to talk about Anons in HIV World. Okay, so, I do HIV-1 research. The first thing everyone says when I mention this is “Oh my…

brb, sry

Sorry, guys– family emergency this weekend = no blogging. Glad I am not a physician, glad other people are, and nurses are the best people on Planet Earth. While Im sitting here in the ICU, Id really appreciate some funny videos/links/anything to distract me. Everything is fine (fine-ish?) now, but Im going nuts. Everything is…

Link (you might want to play some scary music while you read this): Locked up in the bowels of the medical faculty building here and accessible to only a handful of scientists lies a man-made flu virus that could change world history if it were ever set free. This isnt an intro to some Michael…