Archives for June, 2014

Prosecuting faked HIV vaccine results

Remember this? Wait, what? Faked HIV vaccine results The researcher accused of manipulating his reagents to ‘show his HIV vaccine strategy worked’ admitted he did it: Investigators say former Iowa State University laboratory manager Dong-Pyou Han has confessed to spiking samples of rabbit blood with human antibodies to make an experimental HIV vaccine appear to…

1– Herpes viruses are old. They are ooooooold. Like, hundreds of millions of years old. Specifically, about 400 million years old. 2– Herpes viruses are everywhere. Fish, reptiles, birds, cows, humans, everywhere. And there are lots of different kinds that humans have to deal with– CMV, EBV, HHV-8, VZV, HSV… 3– And, though herpes viruses should…

Homeopathic HIV ‘infection’

Well, you cant say Brian Dunning doesnt put his money where his mouth is when it comes to his skepticism about homeopathy: I’ve been speaking with lab managers, AIDS researchers, and doctors about my plan to make a documentary short film about drawing blood from an HIV-positive patient, properly making a 30C homeopathic dilution of…

Holy crap! This is so clever!! A synthetic sex ratio distortion system for the control of the human malaria mosquito Component #1– Anopheles gambiae, the kind of mosquito that is notorious for spreading malaria. Component #2– I-PpoI, a protein that ‘sees’ a specific DNA sequence, and cuts it. aka, a homing endonuclease. It was originally found…

A fungus plague has been attacking the American Chestnut tree population for over 100 years now. Scientists have been trying everything to save the tree from extinction. I wrote about one approach back in 2009: Virus helps save the American Chestnut tree Really innovative idea– Infect fungal infected trees with fungus… infected with a virus.…