Immunology

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Antibodies: Evolution in action

I did a little experiment on the audience at FreeOK on Saturday (will be posted when The Thinking Atheist gets it up! Should be good quality, hes got all kinds of fancy stuff/tricks!). *squint* It wasnt really a matter of ‘will they get this?’, cause atheists/skeptics/freethinkers are smart. It was more of ‘will they even…

*heavy-sigh* HIV Research World is infecting other fields: A Highly Conserved Neutralizing Epitope on Group 2 Influenza A Viruses Media coverage of referenced paper: Discovery of Natural Antibody Brings a Universal Flu Vaccine a Step Closer No, it doesnt. Unless if by ‘universal flu vaccine’ you actually mean ‘gene therapy for everyone instead of flu…

I have written quite a bit about Cytotoxic-T-Cell-based HIV-1 vaccines here on ERV. Though antibodies can target HIV-1 viruses, and HIV-1 infected cells, CTLs should be the go-to workhorses for killing HIV-1 infected cells. Pimped-up Souped-up Bionic Assassin Lethal Weapon Killer T-Cells as a cure for AIDS? HIV-1 CTL Vaccine: OH SHI- HIV-1 Vaccine: Again,…

Viruses and Prostate Cancer

No, Im not talking about XMRV Im talking about using genetically modified viruses to treat prostate cancer Broad antigenic coverage induced by vaccination with virus-based cDNA libraries cures established tumors First, just to be clear, I dont know how this works. :-/ I mean, I know how this ‘works’, but I dont know how its…

A little Ni2+ to tickle your TLR4

Conceptually, its not excessively hard to understand how we develop allergies– Our bodies generate an inappropriate immune response to a protein that wouldnt otherwise cause us any harm, whether its tree pollen or dust mites or peanut proteins. But whats the deal with nickel allergies? Nickel is a cation– Ni2+. Our bodies are chock full…

Its no secret that Im not a huge fan of the antibody hunter branch of the HIV-1 research world– they search through thousands and thousands and thousands of B-cells looking for one or two that can perform a neat trick. They are brilliant people working really hard doing things that have limited application in the…

A couple of days ago, Orac directed us towards an article that is one of the funniest pieces of ‘Science Journalism’ I have ever seen, anywhere. See, those of us on the ‘non-kook’ side of things have marvelously eloquent writers like Carl and Ed, and inquisitive investigatory journalists like Trine. Sure theyre ‘educational’, but their…

Green our vaccines! Part IV

Every Spring, you can count on a handful of posts here at ERV on allergies. Ive got em. I hate em. But I recognize that in many ways, Im ‘lucky’ as far as allergies go. I only have to deal with them for a few months of the year, I can move somewhere else and…

InCROIable conference coverage!

Scientific conferences are so cool It s bunch of really smart people getting together to pow-wow about a common interest, sharing their newest data, brainstorming new ideas, trouble-shooting, arguing, finding new collaborators– its just so friggen cool Unfortunately, us smaller labs can only budget for one/a couple of these a year, so I am missing…

Question for the hivemind: Allergy meds

I love Oklahoma… except for one thing. You might think that one thing has something to do with insane Christian Evangelicals or creepy perverted ‘Conservative’ Republicans, but really, you just get used to those sorts of things. I think I would genuinely miss them if they were gone. No, the ‘one thing’ is… allergies. As…