Archives for September, 2012

Its like, instead of ‘Put a bird on it!’, scientists are like ‘Put a virus on it!’ Got cancer? Put a virus on it!  In constant pain? Put a virus on it! Addicted to cigarettes?  Put a virus on it!  Genetic disease?  Put a virus on it! Got acne? Put a virus on it! Propionibacterium…

Gene therapy for Hemophilia A

So what do you do after you use a genetically modified virus to treat–>functionally cure Hemophilia B? Why, use a genetically modified virus to treat–>hopefully functionally cure Hemophilia A, of course! Generation of an optimized lentiviral vector encoding a high-expression factor VIII transgene for gene therapy of hemophilia A Though they are both ‘hemophilia’, hemophilia…

Science News Update

Jerome Horwitz, the man who invented AZT, died– Being in the basic virology realm of HIV Research World, I dont always pay as much attention to the clinical side of things as I should.  Thus I didnt know about the really interesting history of Jerome Horowitz and AZT.  Apparently he invented it as an anti-cancer…

Madness? THIS IS SCIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!

Science hath no insanity like the XMRV fiasco. *sigh* But there is a constant, bright spot in this ridiculous storm, and I dont want it to be overlooked– The scientific leadership of Robert Silverman, and everyone associated/partnered with his laboratory*. As a young, hopeful, yet increasingly derisive scientist like myself, Silvermans behavior throughout all of…

ERVs and Multiple Sclerosis, #5

This is not overly helpful information for MS patients, but its still good news: No additional copies of HERV-Fc1 in the germ line of multiple sclerosis patients. Previous research has indicated that there are endogenous retroviruses that are disregulated and leading to detectable production of ERV proteins in MS patients.  They found the bugger involved–…

GMO Herpes vs severe cancer pain

What happens when the pain gets to be too much?  What happens when the drugs stop working?  The physicians are giving you as much as you can take without dying, and youre still living with 7, 8, 9 levels of pain, every waking moment?  Some of the talk behind physician assisted suicide is to let…

The story of ‘How we know where HIV-1 came from’ is really cool– A group of researchers went into the jungles of Africa, collected lots of monkey poop, and figured out pretty much the exact colony of chimpanzees that transmitted their SIV into humans, which lead to the HIV epidemic we know today. Those researchers…

Anti-HIV vaginal ring kinda works in macaques!

I am, in no way, a ‘fan’ of using anti-retroviral drugs in uninfected individuals as a way to prevent HIV.  I think its a terrible idea that will result in more drug resistant HIV (already an issue before this idea was implemented) and ridiculous considering everyone who needs anti-retrovirals to live does not have/are losing…

HAPPY SUNDOG! ZZZZZZZZ

Summer Arnie: Winter Arnie: I have to take video/pics of Arnie every time he sticks his tongue out like that when he sleeps.  I dont know whether its a pit thing or a goofy dog thing, but I just think its the CUTEST!

OKC Atheists have done many, many things right. On that list of right things (I encourage all atheist/skeptic groups to do this) is the way our groups support our ‘local talent’.  Every month, we have a meet-up called ‘Disbelief Discourse’, dreamed up and executed by my adventures-in-anti-vaxers friend CJ. At these meet-ups, our own members…