Archives for August, 2012

Ferrets have a super rare ERV!

Ive always wanted a ferret.  When I was little, because of this (1m59s): Now, because of stuff like this: Ferrets arent just super cool pets, they also have a very rare ‘gift’– While all organisms genomes are littered with pirate DNA and endogenous retroviruses, endogenous lentiviruses have only been found in three creatures: Bunnies, lemurs,…

Paleovirology seems to work the opposite of the way the Creationist want.  The more information we have, the further back the timeline shifts, not vice versa. For example, we used to think HIV-1 started in humans ~1930, but after we found more ‘old’ HIV sequences, the clock got pushed back to 1902-1921. We used to…

OMFGWARBLEGARBLE! THERE IS ANOTHER AIDS!

NOH MAH GAWD!!! Mysterious Disease Leaves Patients With AIDS-like Symptons, But Not HIV Researchers have identified a mysterious new disease that has left scores of people in Asia and some in the United States with AIDS-like symptoms even though they are not infected with HIV. [bolding original] Researchers identify rare adult immune disease in Asia…

The Thinking Atheist: A world full of woo

The Thinking Atheist did a show last night on ‘A world full of woo‘– I stopped by for a few minutes to talk about anti-vaxers, but there is a lot more to the episode, including an interview with Dr. Harriet Hall! TA is super– Last year he recorded and produced all of the videos for…

Bad words harm children

This is beyond absurd. A young woman in Oklahoma– her class valedictorian, going to college this fall on a full ride– is being denied her high school diploma because of this: Nootbaar says, “Her quote was, when she first started school she wanted to be a nurse, then a veterinarian and now that she was…

Via Coffee Loving Skeptic– The laziest example of peddling snake-oil I have ever seen. Revealed: Gorton church sells olive oil and blackcurrant squash as miracle ‘cure’ for cancer and HIV M.E.N. reporter: After just 15 minutes I was offered church’s ‘miracle cure’ Pastor: We are trying to help … we aren’t hurting anyone See, normally…

HAPPY SUNDOG! Low fat sucks.

Ive known for a long time that I have a defective dog. Any self respecting pup eats Proper Dog Foods like meat and… well… meat. Sometimes grass. But while Arnieman loves meat… he also loves my vegan chili, roasted vegetables, Pop-Tarts (cherry), banana bread, hell, the boy even begs for fake bacon. And its not…

ARR! I mean, ERV! I mean, NIRV! Phylogeny, integration and expression of sigma virus-like genes in Drosophila As my blag tagline goes, ‘If we are made in Gods image, God is made of gag, pol, and env’, the components of retroviruses.  Our, and other organisms, genome is inhabited by lots of bits of selfish DNA,…

PERVs in your pork chops

Well this is a new one: This will sound radical to most of you, but the latest information available to us now could improve your health, should you decide to take this seriously. Have you ever considered why Muslims and Jews are forbidden from eating pork?  Both religions consider it unclean.  Dr. Jeff McCombs, author…

Horse ERVs are junk too

Arnie got to meet horses for the first time last week It was an unexpected event (horsies were out at a neighbors when we went on a walkie), so I didnt get it on film– but I can recreate it: Arnie: HOLY SHIT MOM!  MOOOOOM! MOOOOOOOOOOOM! WHAT ARE THOSE MONSTERS??? OH GOD THEYRE WALKING TOWARDS…