Archives for April, 2012

ERVs and Multiple Sclerosis, #4

I wasnt super thrilled about the last ERV–>MS paper I wrote about, but I really like this new one: Human endogenous retrovirus type W envelope expression in blood and brain cells provides new insights into multiple sclerosis disease. Those of you who have been following the XMRV fiasco will find this intro paragraph very interesting:…

Skeptics of Oz and FreeOK2

Skeptics of Oz: FREE EVENT April 21 – 22 Forum Theater 147 South Hillside Street, Wichita, KS 67211 Speaker lineup Im going to be speaking at 2 pm on “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Viruses” – Sure some viruses are ‘scary’, but modern domesticated viruses are what make our vaccines work, treat…

On what day did EVE create the insects?

Its not so hard to get your head around endogenous retroviruses once you get the gist of them. RNA virus turns itself into DNA, inserts itself into your genome, makes babby viruses. Sometimes the RNA virus infects an egg/sperm, turns itself into DNA, inserts itself into the genome, and that egg/sperm goes on to create…

HB1551 is dead

The Young Earth Creationist Intelligent Design Creationist ‘Academic Freedom’ bill ‘authored’ by infamous Young Earth Creationist Intelligent Design Creationist ‘Academic Freedomist’ Sally Kern (introduced this year by King Gus of the Playground) is dead. The Education Committee didnt even talk about it. Cant wait to see the exact same bill introduced by the exact same…

There has been a ‘fun’ story going around the scientific and pop-culture media circles for the past couple of months. Apparently, a couple of labs worked together to make a ‘bird flu’ a ‘mammal/people flu’, and somehow terrorists are going to use this information to kill everyone on planet earth, and this research must be…