Archives for February, 2012

ERVs, epigenetics, and the alcoholic brain

Let me make this clear, for like the millionth time: You do not want transposable elements in your genome (DNA transposons, ERVs, LINEs, SINEs, etc) to be active and functional. You are happy, happy, happy that these elements are junk. Yes, occasionally a transposable element has been domesticated for the hosts purposes. Yes, I know,…

Second Annual Hot-Button Debate The Oklahoma City chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State will host its second annual hot-button debate on Thursday, March 15, 2012, starting at 7:00pm and ending by 8:30pm. The location will be on the campus of Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC)… The debaters will be Abbie Smith…

Sometimes, people do not respond well to vaccines. What I mean by that, is that sometimes a person will not generate a protective immune response to a particular vaccine on a given day… the whole point of vaccination. Now that person might respond (and have responded) just fine to other vaccines. Or they might respond…

Posted without comment: Anti-abortion “personhood” bill clears Oklahoma senate The bill offers no exceptions in the case of a pregnancy resulting from rape or incest and could mean some forms of contraception such as the “morning after pill” would be unavailable, she said. —– Oklahoma State Representative Gus Blackwell, whos educational and employment qualifications appear…

Food woo bites the dust

I am not a ‘fan’ of dietary sensationalism. A can of Mountain Dew made with high fructose corn syrup once a week is not going to kill you. Megadoses of various vitamins and minerals is not going to ‘cure’ you. People who demonize or canonize food annoy me. Funny enough, we have examples of both…

Arnie is a very happy dog (see photo in upper left). Its always a party when Arnie is around– He loves everyone and everything… … Everything, that is, except cats. It didnt used to be like that. Arnie used to like cats just fine. But then one day, when he was a puppy… Neighbor: Hey…

The Pill for HIV: A bad idea, actually

Conceptually, having something like The Pill anyone could take every day to prevent HIV-1 infections would be a good idea. Take some kind of preventative antretrovirals when you are sexually active and feel you are ‘at risk’, maybe prevent some new HIV-1 infections. We had hopes that an antiretroviral drug Tenofovir would work in precisely…

Oklahoma gets first openly gay state senator!

As much crap as Oklahomans get for being backwards hicks, Oklahoma is a state of many faces. Slowly but surely, the faces of the politicians are starting to represent the diversity of Oklahoma (not just middle-upper-class ‘straight’ Evangelical white male Oklahomans). To counter the insane, homophobic rhetoric of Sally Kern, we have an openly, happily…

Hey, do you all remember Michael Behe? Dude was for real ‘famous’ a while back (not just ‘Christian famous’). He went on talk shows and news programs (including the Colbert Report) to talk about his personal brand of Creationism, Intelligent Design. Unfortunately, things ‘didnt go as planned’ with Intelligent Design. The courts didnt buy ID,…

XMRV Update: The science

Even though XMRV has joined the choir invisible (rather than the list of human pathogens), scientists all over the world have still been publishing on it. Some of these studies were started before XMRVs demise, some were initiated to figure out how/why XMRV died, and some were done just to be on the safe side.…