Immunology

Category archives for Immunology

Antibodies: Evolution in action II

Obviously, my first post on Antibodies: Evolution in action isnt the whole story, cause otherwise we would only have… like… eight different antibodies… :-/ Thats obviously not the case. Weve got lots and lots and lots of antibodies that recognize lots and lots and lots of different things! Kevin has a post up at We…

Q&A: Pregnant mothers vs unvaccinated kids

EMAIL! Dear ERV– If I work with kids who are not immunized and I get pregnant, is my fetus at risk? This is a question I got from an audience member post-FreeOK, and it was too good not to share with everybody!! First, a disclaimer I dont normally have to state– I iz not an…

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…