The MMR vaccine does not cause autism. The guy who initially made that claim made it all up, and literally no one since has found any evidence to support that claim. We have known this for quite a while now, and yet, the anti-MMR fad is still going, and parents arent vaccinating their kids. And its…

GMO Vaccine-Strain Measles vs Cancer

So scientists cured a woman of a pervasive, treatment resistant multiple myeloma. With a genetically modified, vaccine strain measles virus. Remission of Disseminated Cancer After Systemic Oncolytic Virotherapy *anti-vax-anti-GMOers-heads-explode* The media is going nuts over this, but this is not a new idea/approach. Measles, and certain other viruses, can be domesticated and modified to kill cancers–…

There has recently been (more) discussion about whether the US should destroy its remaining stocks of the smallpox virus: Are We There Yet? The Smallpox Research Agenda Using Variola Virus Like measles, smallpox is a human-only pathogen. There are not bat or pig reservoirs out there– smallpox is only in people. So with effective, world-wide…

The first and second baby, apparently ‘cured’ of HIV after being infected at birth, lived in the US. In the US, the standard treatment for an at-risk baby is wait for a firm HIV diagnosis before administering HAART. But when Baby #1 and Baby #2 got HAART ASAP, they are functionally ‘cured’ of HIV, and…

If we vaccinated everyone who could be medically vaccinated against measles, measles would be eradicated. Though there are other measles-like viruses, humans are the only hosts for what we commonly refer to as ‘measles’. Use vaccines to cut humans out of the equation? Extinct virus. Its that ‘easy’. Unfortunately, measles ‘wants’ to exist, and they…

Spoiler to apologize for click-bait title: Yes, the MMR vaccine works just fine. But there is a difference between ‘just fine’ and ‘perfectly’. A few things I would want in a ‘perfect’ vaccine– Only one dose is needed, zero side-effects, 100% protective antibody or CTL mediated immunity for life, inability of the target pathogen to…

Via John Wilkins and John Farrell: A Simple Visualization of How Species Evolve This is basically my dissertation, animated. LOL!! What are you looking at? Every pixel in that square is a genetic sequence. Some of those sequences confer a higher fitness advantage (the red colored peaks) or disadvantage (below the plane). The Blue color…

A shot to prevent HIV– Maybe.

Long-time readers of ERV know that I am not a fan of Pre-Exposure Prophylactics as a regular means of preventing HIV infection. In tightly controlled clinical trials, giving people who might be exposed to HIV anti-HIV drugs does lower infection rates… but when the same protocol is let loose ‘out in the wild’, the results…

You all might have heard about ‘delta32′ or ‘delta-CCR5′ people in association with HIV infection. People who naturally, by chance, have deletions and mutations in the CCR5 gene of their DNA dont make functional CCR5 proteins. It doesnt appear to be ‘a big deal’, and people who have this particular mutation seem to live normal…

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*…