Archives for November, 2013

Neanderthal and Denisovan retroviruses in YOU!

Well, some of you! And maybe me! Last year, scientists combed through Neanderthal and Denisovian DNA sequences (yeah, those exist!) and found fourteen ERVs that were in Neanderthals and/or Denisovians, but NOT humans. Neandertal and Denisovan retroviruses SUMMARY: Modern humans (Homo sapiens) last shared a common ancestor with two types of archaic hominins, Neandertals and…

HIV Organ Policy Equity Act

When someone is dying, you treat what is killing them first. This might seem obvious, but its not– People wondered ‘If we can cure people of HIV with bone marrow transplants, then why dont we give everyone bone marrow transplants??’ We can only give HIV+ people with blood cancers that are killing them bone marrow…

ERVs, from three perspectives

I love viruses, and I love ERVs, but I am not the only one Here are some links to pieces people have written about these lovely pirates, from three different perspectives. 1–┬áNicholas Covington at Humes Apprentice (formerly AIG Busted!) is more a philosopher than a scientist, but even as a ‘layman’, he gets what ERVs…

I have written quite a bit about the connection between wayward expression of an ERV, and Multiple Sclerosis. ERVs and Multiple Sclerosis ERVs and Multiple Sclerosis, #2 ERVs and Multiple Sclerosis, #3 ERVs and Multiple Sclerosis, #4 ERVs and Multiple Sclerosis, #5 I am very comfortable saying there┬áis a connection between ERV expression and MS.…

How the Appaloosa got its leopard spots

I have no idea how the leopard got its spots, but scientists have figured out how horses got their leopard spots! Evidence for a Retroviral Insertion in TRPM1 as the Cause of Congenital Stationary Night Blindness and Leopard Complex Spotting in the Horse Get this! Scientists have known for a few years that it is…

Saturday Shillery: Paulas Choice

If you know me, I have raved about these products for a long time, just to my friends. But I thought it was high time Paulas Choice got its own shillery post. Over the past couple of years, people in the skeptic community have mentioned wanting skepticism to branch out into ‘lady topics’, like encouraging…

Infographic: Epidemics of North America

I dont know about you all, but I love those infographic things people create. They make statistics a lot more understandable and relatable than a chart of black-and-white numbers. Here is a cool one that turns devastating diseases into really pretty graphics An infographic by the team at Online Masters In Public Health

The circle is now complete…

In the past two weeks I have: 1– Defended my dissertation Thanks in part to the extra experience I got giving presentations during my graduate student career, this was not a big deal for me. I rather enjoyed it, but I wish I had more time (I ‘shortened’ my presentation to 73 slides. :-/ ).…