ERVs

Category archives for ERVs

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…

A paper was recently brought to my attention via a Creationist. It was the usual ‘HAHAHA! Oh you silly Creationist! This paper says the opposite of what you think it says!’, and I was going to write a blog post along that usual theme. Fazale Rana, ‘Vice President’ of ‘Research and Apologetics’ at Reasons to…

For some reason, pop news became enamored with this paper last month (unfortunately while I was away at a conference): HIV infection en route to endogenization: two cases Inexplicable media frenzy– Scientists find mechanism for spontaneous HIV cure French scientists find genetic mechanism by which two men were spontaneously cured of HIV. HIV discovery offers…

Creationists and Ebola

The title of this article by Answers In Genesis is a good question: Where Did Ebola Come From? *shrug* Look, I love making fun of Creationists, but this is a great question! Ebola is not ‘supposed’ to be a human pathogen. Like many emerging infectious diseases, the natural reservoir for ebola is bats. Specifically, fruit bats.…

ERVs vs HIV– Maybe a bad idea

For quite a while, now, there has been a connection between Endogenous Retroviruses and HIV. For some unknown reason, some of the young ERVs in humans, the ones that can still code for a protein here and there, are reactivated in HIV+ patients. Scientists have found ERV RNA in HIV+ patient plasma, and they have…

1– Herpes viruses are old. They are ooooooold. Like, hundreds of millions of years old. Specifically, about 400 million years old. 2– Herpes viruses are everywhere. Fish, reptiles, birds, cows, humans, everywhere. And there are lots of different kinds that humans have to deal with– CMV, EBV, HHV-8, VZV, HSV… 3– And, though herpes viruses should…

Okay, I have written a LOT about the connection between wayward ERV activity and Multiple Sclerosis. This is something scientists have been investigating for a long time… but we still do not know exactly what is going on. It seems the running hypothesis is that ‘something’/’somethings’ alter the epigenetic profile of individuals DNA, allowing for…

Neanderthal and Denisovan retroviruses in YOU!

Well, some of you! And maybe me! Last year, scientists combed through Neanderthal and Denisovian DNA sequences (yeah, those exist!) and found fourteen ERVs that were in Neanderthals and/or Denisovians, but NOT humans. Neandertal and Denisovan retroviruses SUMMARY: Modern humans (Homo sapiens) last shared a common ancestor with two types of archaic hominins, Neandertals and…

ERVs, from three perspectives

I love viruses, and I love ERVs, but I am not the only one 😀 Here are some links to pieces people have written about these lovely pirates, from three different perspectives. 1– Nicholas Covington at Humes Apprentice (formerly AIG Busted!) is more a philosopher than a scientist, but even as a ‘layman’, he gets what…

I have written quite a bit about the connection between wayward expression of an ERV, and Multiple Sclerosis. ERVs and Multiple Sclerosis ERVs and Multiple Sclerosis, #2 ERVs and Multiple Sclerosis, #3 ERVs and Multiple Sclerosis, #4 ERVs and Multiple Sclerosis, #5 I am very comfortable saying there is a connection between ERV expression and MS.…