Archives for January, 2013

1800 gene therapy trials

I wish I wish I wish this article was open access! ARG!! Gene therapy clinical trials worldwide to 2012 – an update This article is a great review of gene therapy as a therapy, and how it has evolved from an experiment that killed children to an accepted therapy that is saving and improving lives.…

Hold off on the chemo! Herpes doesnt like it!

Hey remember how I told you all scientists are using herpes, the regular-ol much hated cold-sore virus, to treat/cure cancers? The approach has left us with miraculous effects… or no effects at all. I mean, half of the melanoma patients lived A LOT LONGER than they were supposed to, several of them ending up with…

Good News/Bad News

GOOD NEWS!  There are lots of different ways to do science. I like to tinker with/build stuff. After over two years of banging my head against a wall, another of my inventions, one I really wanted, is finally working!!!!! BAD NEWS!  Its only working at ~33% of capacity. I want 100%. GOOD NEWS!  I know…

YEAH!!! WARBLEGARBLE KILLER FLU is BACK!!!

YAAAAAAAAAAY!!! You know that ‘killer bird flu’ I talked about at FreeOK2?  Last year some governments FREAKED OUT because scientists evolved a mammal-to-mammal transmissible bird flu in the lab, and the government officials were concerned that The Worlds Stupidest Terrorists would try to use it as a weapon. Somehow. For some reason. Whatever. Finally, despite…

I love viruses. And so should you. Once again, a BIG THANK YOU to The Thinking Atheist for putting this together and uploading it for us!!! 1– I never talk more than 30-35 minutes, because that is the extent of my attention-span :-/  Which leaves at least 10 minutes for a Q&A! 2– They didnt…

Crazy random happenstance considering the post earlier this week on ‘religious’ vegans refusing the influenza vaccine in hospitals: Flublok, a Flu Vaccine, Wins F.D.A. Approval The vaccine, developed by a small company called Protein Sciences, is made with a process that does not require the virus to be grown in chicken eggs, as is now…

If a vegan kills me I swear to god…

I will give them this– This is a new anti-vax argument for me: Like most medical facilities, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital appears to require that all of its employees receive an annual flu shot. It fired Sakile Chenzira, a customer service representative, for refusing to comply. Chenzira sued, claiming that because the flu vaccine contains eggs…

After I put my post up on this years influenza fiasco on Friday, the CDC declared it an official ‘epidemic’.  Since one of the main excuses for not getting the shot this year are “It’s a hassle.”/“Number one, I’m lazy” (UUUUUUUGH THAT WAS ME TOO! GET THE SHOT!! The flu SUCKED!!!!), I thought it would…

GET THE FLU SHOT!!! (its not too late!)

My boss and I are very busy people. Weve got big stuff going on.  BIG STUFF.  So we didnt have time to get the free flu shots the university offered like 500 times last fall. About three weeks ago– Bossman: Meh, Im feeling kinda sniffly. Im gonna go get pho for lunch. Me: Cool!  Im…

GMO viruses for coronary artery disease

Whoda thought that injecting viruses into peoples hearts would be not only fun, but good for their health!  I just wrote about this little guy that can turn regular heart muscle cells into pacemaker cells (in guinea pigs), and here is another cool study hot off the presses: Long-Term Follow-up Assessment of a Phase 1…