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Vpu vs Behe, Round Amillionty

A couple weeks ago, Teh Discovery Institute held some kind of revival ‘conference’ at a local Evangelical church. The Usual Suspects were there– Caseytits, West, some other guy, but also my HIV Evolution BFF Michael Behe. I ended up not being able to go due to a scheduling conflict. I was at a conference on…

Hey do you guys remember Michael Behe? Massive douche, wrote books about how EVILUTION IS IMPOSSI-BLEH! Gave school boards/teachers an excuse to teach Creationism in public school classrooms and pretend they were teaching science? He was like, the cock-of-the-walk when ‘Darwins Black Box’ came out, but then he made a total ass of himself testifying…

The inevitable union: XMRV and Vpu!

Two things I didnt intend on writing about on ERV more than a few times, but turned into repeat guests: XMRV and Vpu. Theyve finally come together. Susceptibility of xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV) to retroviral restriction factors Know how I was talking about intrinsic immunity yesterday? Well, some scientists wondered how the heck…

Long-time readers of ERV know lots about HIV-1. You might think you dont, but you do. You know how ‘drug resistance’ works in a quasispecies. Most people dont. You know that AIDS is actually an exhausted hyperactive immune system, not a ‘weakened’ immune system. Most people dont. And you know some fun HIV-1 evolution facts,…

Just in time for World AIDS day, the folks who discovered tetherin have a new paper out: Broad-spectrum inhibition of retroviral and filoviral particle release by tetherin. Just a quick summary– Neil et al looked at the evolution of an HIV-1 protein, Vpu, and said ‘something is going on here.’ That ‘something’ turned out to…

Vpu– Evilution keeps on rollin’

So almost exactly a year ago, Michael ‘LiLo’ Behe released his prized pig book, ‘Edge of Evolution‘, where he stated, with utmost certainty, that HIV-1 ‘has not evolved’. Yeah, that hasnt worked out too well for him. Anyway, unlike Ivory Handed Creationists who dont lower themselves to doing anything as dirty as ‘research’, scientists have…

The story of ‘How we know where HIV-1 came from’ is really cool– A group of researchers went into the jungles of Africa, collected lots of monkey poop, and figured out pretty much the exact colony of chimpanzees that transmitted their SIV into humans, which lead to the HIV epidemic we know today. Those researchers…

Hey, do you all remember Michael Behe? Dude was for real ‘famous’ a while back (not just ‘Christian famous’). He went on talk shows and news programs (including the Colbert Report) to talk about his personal brand of Creationism, Intelligent Design. Unfortunately, things ‘didnt go as planned’ with Intelligent Design. The courts didnt buy ID,…

Nef

Nef. The bane of my existence for some time now. I dont talk much about my research here, but its safe to say I consider myself an inventor who works in virology. People say “Damn. Its so hard to do ___. I wish there was an easier way…” and Im like “… I can do…

ATTN HIV Deniers: ERVs are not HIVs. Still.

What is it about ERVs that makes kooks cling desperately to them, like little ‘gag-pol-env’ life-rafts, as the kooks FAILboats sink into even further obscurity? I think the general populations ignorance about ERVs is what kooks find so attractive. Kooks, like Creationists, can say any damn thing they want about ERVs, and Average Joe/Jane doesnt…