Archives for February, 2012

Measles at the Super Bowl

Are you freaking kidding me??? Super Bowl Village visitors on Friday may have been exposed to measles Tuesday night, the state Department of Health confirmed they have requested information from county health departments as part of an investigation into a report that a person who has been diagnosed with measles attended the festivities Friday. According…

Frequent readers of ERV, or SciBlogs in general, are used to vitamin/mineral woo. “Megadoses of Vitamin C cures EVERYTHING!” “Vitamin D is better at preventing the flu than the VACCINE!” “Zinc cures the COMMON COLD!” What we are used to dealing with, is snake-oil salesmen looking to sell their particular bottled garbage to people with…

Why havent we cured cancer yeeeeeeeeet?

Last time I talked about why treating cancer is so hard: Why havent we cured cancer yeeeeeet? Briefly, scientists did complete genome sequencing of seven individuals prostate tumors, and things were all kinds of jacked up. Not only were all seven tumors different, but one tumor had over 200 chromosomal rearrangements. Like taking your genome…

Shit grad students say

Im more than usually swamped for time right now, and dont have time to get more deeply into the conversation, but I wanted to post this glimpse into what I am doing in the lab right now: I am infamous for several of those, plus I would have added “I am going to die here.…