Archives for January, 2014

If you pay taxes in the US (and many other countries), you are helping fund HIV/AIDS research, including the development of HIV vaccines. This includes my research project, so, YAY! Thank you! What happens, is, we pay taxes. Part of that cash goes to various government agencies to dole out to researchers. When researchers think…

More gene therapy for more kinds of blindness!

This therapy isnt perfect, but its a cool start! Retinal gene therapy in patients with choroideremia: initial findings from a phase 1/2 clinical trial ‘Choroideremia‘ is a kind of blindness caused by deletion of a gene called REP1. Because REP1 is on the X-chromosome, there is  no ‘second chance gene’ on the other chromosome in men. They…

ERV on ‘Trolling with Logic’

Trolling with Logic had me on on Saturday to talk about HIV! They already got the video uploaded– audio only will be ready soon!

Wait, what? Faked HIV vaccine results

This happened over the holidays, and I totally missed it: ISU researcher quits amid allegations of AIDS-research fraud involving millions of federal dollars Han apparently added human blood components to the rabbit blood to skew the results. The human blood came from people whose bodies had produced antibodies to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS,…

Though this paper (the one I began talking about before a holiday break) is the reason for this post, this post is also an opportunity to address a question I have gotten a lot over the years: Is HIV evolving to be more deadly? The short answer would be: No, it doesnt appear to be.…