Archives for August, 2012

There has been a ton of hilarious drama going on with the XMRV fiasco, but I havent been writing about it because I dont actually care.  I ‘cared’ about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome because it was associated with a retrovirus.  Turns out it was all a mirage– The retrovirus known as XMRV is not infecting humans,…

Vaccinate your pets #2

Vaccinate your pets #1 Apparently, this summer is going to be a banner year for West Nile Virus.  Im not an insect person, so I have no idea how we have mosquitoes when we have had no rain in forever and surging temperatures every day (mosquitoes can lay eggs in dust and dried up grass?),…

The Evolutionary Consequences of Blood-Stage Vaccination on the Rodent Malaria Plasmodium chabaudi The concept of vaccination is, superficially, simple– Safely mimic ‘infection’ so your immune system learns how to fight a pathogen, without needing to get sick from the genuine pathogen.  Then if you are ever exposed to the real, scary pathogen, your immune system…