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Im glad none of you accused me of joking or exaggerating when I told this story: A *very* common exchange I have with the general public regarding HIV-1: Person– Where did HIV-1 come from? Me– HIV-1 is related to a virus we can find in African primates, SIV. SIV crossed over from chimpanzees to the…

Just, turn off your brain before you read this post, folks. If you try to to think about this, Im pretty sure your entire brain will hemorrhage, and I dont want to be responsible for that. You think I am joking. I am not. I actually heard rumors about what Im going to type here…

Readers of ERV know the basics of how breast feeding affects the immune system of breast-feeding babbies: Fetuses (fetii?) and babbies are protected from pathogens, even though their own immune systems have not matured yet. How do they manage this feat? They steal antibodies from Mommy! Remember yesterday I said the same antibody can have…

Last fall, a bizarre but interesting paper was published in Nature Cell Research: Exogenous plant MIR168a specifically targets mammalian LDLRAP1: evidence of cross-kingdom regulation by microRNA (subsequent correction after they duplicated images in their figures LOL!!!! Nature/Science, you so crazy!) What they suggest, is that when humans eat Oryza sativa (Asian rice), a microRNA highly…

BlogBrother Ethan Siegel just caught (yet another) scientist manipulating data to generate the conclusion they want… not the conclusion the data actually supports. Exposing a Climate Science Fraud Yeah, thats how we roll on SciBlogs. But in my example, the scientists actively hid relevant data from other scientists they were speaking to/the journals they were…

Pox-pops explode irony meters world-wide

Im sure you all have heard this story– Chickenpox parties–just a Facebook friend away “Pox packages,” child abuse, and the violation of federal law I dont have much to add other than a question for the parents doing this: I mean, lets ignore the ethical and legal implications of what they are doing. Lets just…

John Haught, Robert Rabel: Cowards

This post is going to be a touch of a stretch for ERV. I normally dont write about theology. Mostly, because I dont care. I think the cultural phenomena surrounding ‘theology’ or Harry Potter or Twilight is far more interesting than the ins-and-outs of the magical creatures at the center of the phenomena itself. But…

Cooooold!

Sorry, guise. A cold that has been circulating around the department finally got me this weekend. So instead of writing posts this weekend, I was a sneezy snotty mess BUT I would like to thank the ‘Occupy ERV‘ gang for giving me a laugh Sunday morning, as did this SNL skit* (original): Hell, its no…

Revolutionary new science project from Dr. Oz

Wow. WOOOOW. You know, people should be legally forbidden from saying “Dr. Oz cant drop any lower than this!” Pimping snake-oil salesmen? CHECK! Taking ‘creative liberties’ editing the comments of scientists on his show? CHECK! Playing ‘scientist’ with rock-stars just to get his face in the media? CHECK! Constant, apparently pathological fear mongering? CHECK! Just…

I have some surprising news for my homosexual ERV readers: In the state of Florida, youre all virgins! The judges found that because the law referenced ‘sexual intercourse’ that it could only be applied to heterosexual activity since intercourse is only defined as “the penetration of the female sex organ by the male sex organ.”…