Archives for May, 2012

Epic disaster in HIV vaccine world

I can think of at least two ‘worst nightmares’ for vaccine designers. Your vaccine looked super in animal models and such… but it turns out to be directly harmful to people.  And not ‘some’ people.  All people. Your vaccine actually does the opposite of what you want it to do– instead of preventing the disease,…

In 2006, long before ERV was a twinkle in my eye– A really cool paper was published in PLOS Pathogens: Identification of a novel Gammaretrovirus in prostate tumors of patients homozygous for R462Q RNASEL variant. They found a ‘new’ retrovirus, XMRV (‘new’ to humans, old to mice).  A new retrovirus in prostate tumors.  Especially in…

If you had asked me 6 years ago about using gene therapy to fight HIV/AIDS, I would have given you a nice rant about how expensive it is, how non-viable it is in the places that need anti-HIV strategies the most, how dangerous it can be, and I would have been damn offended you even…

ERV at Skeptics of Oz

HAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  I feel like Stewie Griffin. I DONT LIKE CHANGE!!! Give us a minute, we will figure it out (hey, I figured how to get pages of comments so Our Epic Threads dont take over 9000 years to load! dont have to top it off at 5K!!!) In the mean time, Skeptics of Oz have…

Test Post

Just a test–

SciBlogs Downtime

Hi guise! SciBlogs will be changing cosmetically a bit in the next day or two (gonna look more NatGeo and less Classic SciBlogs). There is no point in commenting between 7 pm Eastern Time tonight and when the update is complete (sometime Tuesday, afternoonish is the goal, we will tell you when its done) ,…

Updates on the past few posts:

I have a some updates on a few stories I covered the past couple of weeks: Some people who proclaim to have ‘chronic fatigue syndrome’ show everyone just how NOT CRAZY they are… by transcribing my entire interview with Conspiracy Skeptic by hand (they cant hold a job you see– ‘brain fog’) and comparing me…

La Sierra University April 2011– L. Lee Grismer, a field biologist at La Sierra University in Riverside, is gaga over a new species of forest gecko from Southeast Asia that he will present in the scientific journal Zootaxa in three months. … Grismer will test his hypothesis that the forest lizard is closely related to…

There are two groups of people I would be perfectly happy if they all just disappeared. Like, right now. 1– Politicians 2– Clergy/reverends/pastors/whatevers Even the shittiests, hipsterish of musicians contributes more to positive to society than those two groups of people. Stephanie Meyer has contributed more positive to society than those two groups of people.…