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I have known about this for a while, and have been debating whether or not I should say anything. I really dont want to give the disgraces responsible for the XMRV–>CFS fiasco, Judy Mikovits, Frank Ruscetti, and Sandra Ruscetti, any more attention. What turned my opinion was something T.R. Gregory said yesterday: I don’t *believe*…

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Jerome Horwitz, the man who invented AZT, died– Being in the basic virology realm of HIV Research World, I dont always pay as much attention to the clinical side of things as I should.  Thus I didnt know about the really interesting history of Jerome Horowitz and AZT.  Apparently he invented it as an anti-cancer…

There has been a ton of hilarious drama going on with the XMRV fiasco, but I havent been writing about it because I dont actually care.  I ‘cared’ about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome because it was associated with a retrovirus.  Turns out it was all a mirage– The retrovirus known as XMRV is not infecting humans,…

COOL!!! Recombinant origin, contamination, and de-discovery of XMRV I dont know if you all have access to this paper, but here is the relevant portion: Treatment of CFS patient PBMCs with 5-azacytidine was omitted from Lombardi et al. paper   In September 2011, Abbie Smith, a graduate student and virology blogger, (http://scienceblogs.com/erv/) revealed that Dr. Judy…

Updates on the past few posts:

I have a some updates on a few stories I covered the past couple of weeks: Some people who proclaim to have ‘chronic fatigue syndrome’ show everyone just how NOT CRAZY they are… by transcribing my entire interview with Conspiracy Skeptic by hand (they cant hold a job you see– ‘brain fog’) and comparing me…

CFS and K-PAX Energy

As many of you know, I am a graduate student. Luckily, I am a graduate student in the biological sciences, which means that while I am going to school, I get a monthly stipend. Also luckily, I go to school in a place like Oklahoma, a state with a relatively low cost of living. Its…

XMRV and chronic fatigue syndrome: Why?

When a disaster happens in science, like the XMRV fiasco, the most important lesson everyone can take away from the incident is ‘Why?’ If you understand the ‘Why?’ behind what happened, you can avoid the problem in the future. So specifically in the case of the XMRV fiasco, the question was, “Why did samples in…

Non-stick pans, water-proof clothing, stain-proof carpet, pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags, the air outdoors, the air indoors– if youve ever been exposed to these things, you have been exposed to ‘Perfluorinated Compounds’ (PFCs). Because the most common PFCs have a relatively long half-life (~4 years!), and because weve basically all been exposed, you can find…

I think the unofficial Favorite Journal of ScienceBlogs has got to be the journal, Medical Hypotheses. It used to be, you could take two different approaches if you wanted to publish in Medical Hypotheses. 1– Smash your face into your keyboard for 15 minutes. Submit for publication. Or, the less expedient 2– Leave your laptop…

The very first sign Judy Mikovits was not just a little ‘off-her-rocker’ kook-coo, but full on ‘off-the-rocker-set-it-on-fire-and-dancing-around-the-flames-nude-while-using-feces-as-war-paint’ kook-coo, was this comment she made about XMRV, vaccines, and autism, before her shit paper was even published: “On that note, if I might speculate a little bit,” she said, “This might even explain why vaccines would lead…