HIV and Charlie Sheen

ERV–>TMZ? No, this is an education and outreach opportunity, and I want to use it to the best of my ability as an HIV researcher. 1– I am so glad Charlie Sheen got tested for HIV. Most people who should be, dont, because even faced with a treatable, deadly disease, denial is *incredibly* attractive. ‘If…

WHOOOOHOOO!!!!! GMO HSV-1 vs Cancer

April 7, 2010: Using HSV-1 to cure metastatic melanoma May 26, 2015: WHOOOO!!!!! GMO HSV-1 vs Cancer October 27, 2015: FDA approves first-of-its-kind product for the treatment of melanoma Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Melanoma, one type of skin cancer, is the leading cause of skin cancer…

ERVs and ALS #2

Theyre figuring out what the heck is going on in the saga of ERVs and ALS! 2011: ERVs and ALS 2015: Human endogenous retrovirus-K contributes to motor neuron disease 1– Of the many ERVs in your genome, the ones they found activated in the brains of people with ALS are HERV-Ks, at two positions: one on…

I AM THE CARPENTER!

AHHH!!! 2011– FreeOK, I give a talk vaccines, including a bit on herd immunity, and why it is important for everyone, including those of us who are not immunocompromised. 2013– Started a new job! Had a ton of bloodwork done to get baseline readings, just in case I get exposed to another pathogen. 2014– Go…

I love this. I love this so much. Jim Carrey and his anti-vax comrades know literally nothing about vaccines, how they are developed, and how they work. Vaccines do not cause autism. … But… what if a vaccine *did* end up having a pretty ‘bad’ side-effect (outside of something expected, high fever, allergic reaction, etc)? How…

So the guy who faked some HIV research results is officially going to spend about five years in jail, and has to pay back $7 million. Former ISU scientist’s stiff fraud sentence sends message Yeah. It does send a message. The message is “The US government is not going to really investigate any of this,…

WHOOOO!!!!! GMO HSV-1 vs Cancer

WHOOOOOOOO!!!! April 7, 2010: Using HSV-1 to cure metastatic melanoma May 26, 2015: Talimogene Laherparepvec Improves Durable Response Rate in Patients With Advanced Melanoma WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! They just published the results of Phase III clinical trials of a herpes simplex-1 genetically modified to kill cancers, specifically, advanced melanoma. The GMO virus has a name now: T-VEC. And…

One of my favorite stories is the tale of a GMO virus deployed to treat Hemophilia B: Gene therapy for Hemophilia B … Hemophilia B is a disease in males caused by point mutations/deletions/etc in the clotting Factor IX gene. If you dont make Factor IX, you wont clot properly, and will have all of…

You all know me. There are two things I really love: Studying HIV Using viruses for gene therapy One would think I would be over-the-moon about the FDA approving human trials for a gene therapy to stop HIV. HIV! Gene therapy! YAY!! With HIV Cure as the Goal, Gene Therapy Research Expands When this line…

Cutting-edge influenza research frozen

This past weekend I hung out at a brand-spanking new con, the Atlanta SciFi and Fantasy Expo. Made a bunch of new friends– including the proud owner of an actual T.A.R.D.I.S. Randy and I had a marvelous time talking about ghosts, yetis, and vaccines/viruses. I sent him a link to my FreeOK talks including this one:…