Archives for March, 2012

So a lot of you saw my recent ‘debate’ with Pastor Steve Kern. People who do not live in this part of the US often say that religious radicals like Kern, and his infamous wife Sally Kern, dont really exist. When people like me address/confront people like the Kerns, people who dont live in this…

SNP CC in IFITM3 is a boon for H1N1, FWIW

The technology we have available to us today in the lab is both a boon and a bafflement. Example: The screens we have for RNA expression in cells is so sensitive we can see tiny changes in RNA expression levels in healthy/diseased/drug treated/etc cells. YAY! More information! More observations! More new ideas for research!… Except,…

The Oklahoman just had a really interesting article up on polio support groups in Oklahoma City: Oklahoma City polio support group helps residents understand disease I freely admit to forgetting the real-world side of my research, at times. Especially for diseases like polio, which have been eradicated in my country since before I was born–…

This is an… odd… educational opportunity… Anne Bass’ boyfriend mesmerized jury with frightening account of Connecticut mansion invasion: He said, “I love you, Anne” — then prepared to die. Wealthy philanthropist Anne Bass’ boyfriend yesterday mesmerized a jury with a frightening account of how three armed men “dressed like ninjas” invaded her Connecticut mansion with…

Common everybody! Sing the chorus with me, you know the words! The vast, vast majority of ERVs are junk. They are genomic pirates, and your genome is doing the best it can to keep them silent. When ERVs are making noise, its a sign that something has gone wrong. Very, very wrong. Like, for example,…

ERV vs Steve Kern

Keep this one in your bookmarks for when someone tells you “AWWWWWW! UR JUST MAKING A CARICATURE OF CHRISTIANS! NO ONE ACTUALLY ACTS LIKE THAT!” Yeah, that guy was for real. The debate actually makes more sense if you watch it with the nonsensical closed captions turned on. He is a real Evangelical Christian who,…

ERV debate tonight!

Just a reminder for those of you in the OKC area that I will be debating Steve Kern (infamous husband of infamous Sally Kern) on the topic of Intelligent Design tonight! Some of Kerns homies advertised for the event too: Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee * THURSDAY EVENING – OKC AREA – Dr. Steve Kern,…

XMRV and chronic fatigue syndrome: Why?

When a disaster happens in science, like the XMRV fiasco, the most important lesson everyone can take away from the incident is ‘Why?’ If you understand the ‘Why?’ behind what happened, you can avoid the problem in the future. So specifically in the case of the XMRV fiasco, the question was, “Why did samples in…

ERVs and Multiple Sclerosis, #3

ERVs and Multiple Sclerosis ERVs and Multiple Sclerosis, #2 Hmmm… This new paper on the association between ‘active’ ERVs and Multiple Sclerosis is a step back, and a step forward, at the same time: Expression of HERV-Fc1, a human endogenous retrovirus, is increased in patients with active Multiple Sclerosis. If you go back and read…

Measles at the Super Bowl: One month later

One month after some grossly irresponsible parents let their measles-infested offspring roam about the Super Bowl festivities, here is the end result: 16 cases of measles I dont know about the last three, but the first 13 were unvaccinated: According to Larkin, the first 13 individuals infected had all chosen not to be vaccinated. Im…