Archives for December, 2014

GMO trees: Saving the American Chestnut tree

Ive mentioned this technology on ERV before: Saving the American Chestnut tree from extinction with GMOs Well the scientists involved think they have finally done it. They have finally made American Chestnut trees resistant to the blight that is literally driving the species to extinction: Breakthrough at SUNY-ESF: Genetic engineering may save the nearly extinct…

New, weird, out-of-left-field, ideas– we need them to stop HIV. This one makes sense, in retrospect, but I wouldnt have thought to try what these folks did: Targeting α4β7 integrin reduces mucosal transmission of simian immunodeficiency virus and protects gut-associated lymphoid tissue from infection Background info: HIV loves to rip through CD4+ T-cells in gut-associated…

Five kids in the first trial. Then eleven. Now thirty (ultimately 39): Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cells for Sustained Remissions in Leukemia Slowly but surely, HIV genetically modified to genetically modify relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) patients T-cells are prolonging (saving?) kids lives. Ive written about this treatment a couple times before: ‘Dismal prognosis’ with…

Saturday Shillery: Stuff I like

Want a unique gift for your sciency-nerdy-geeky-gamer friends this holiday season? Ethan shared a list of his favorite ugly gamer sweaters, and I want to share a list of some things I like: Geeky/Sciency Pendants: OrfebreEvolution, including the ‘Lady Knights’ designs by Ryan Grant Long Geeky art: Ryan Grant Long has a shop up at Society6 Chain-mail,…

For some reason, pop news became enamored with this paper last month (unfortunately while I was away at a conference): HIV infection en route to endogenization: two cases Inexplicable media frenzy– Scientists find mechanism for spontaneous HIV cure French scientists find genetic mechanism by which two men were spontaneously cured of HIV. HIV discovery offers…

I write about lots of things on ERV, but I didnt anticipate ever getting to the point where I can write new blog posts on new publications by cutting and pasting from old blog posts on old papers… Lots of news outlets have been talking about this new paper: Impact of HLA-driven HIV adaptation on virulence in…