Immunology

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HIV-1 CTL Vaccine: lol, we are screwed.

Glance back at this post for a refresher on what Im going to write about here. Quick recap: HIV-1 usually evolves around this to ‘hide’ from CTLs. Maybe it puts a sombrero on the skull so the CTLs think its a party boat. But while HIV-1 evolves ways to hide from cytotoxic T-cells, this escape…

Immunology– Isnt it maaaagikaaaaal??

A few months ago, Kathryn Applegate wrote a couple posts on the adaptive immune system. Its relatively inoffensive. Just the bland ‘science’ Im used to hearing from theists, flavored with dull gender normative stories and analogies containing her husband and toddlers and clothes/shoes. And then at random points within the sterile descriptions of science, Applegate…

Food is not medicine: Vitamin D

I dont understand people who view food as medicine. Well, I mean, I guess I do. Theyre terrified of disease X/Y/Z (even if X/Y/Z is treatable/preventable with modern medicine), and they think a component of food helps treat/prevent disease X/Y/Z, so they religiously eat said food. So I guess I mean to say “People who…

Oh no… Cedric died.

Oh no… Im genuinely crying over this. Cedric the Tasmanian Devil died. Here is the obvious reason for why I loved Cedric: But I loved Cedric for scientific reasons too. I thought he was going to help us save Tasmanian Devils from extinction. Dr. Alex Kreiss is the cute boy in that pic. Dr Kreiss…

Yesterdays post got me so annoyed and flabbergasted– I needed to read a nice MLV paper to cheer me up. And nothing cheers me up like using gene therapy on kids with genetic diseases, allowing them to live pretty much normal lives: Efficacy of gene therapy for X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency. Most readers of ERV…

I dunno whether this guy is a troll or not, but he asked a question I would love to answer, as it is very, very relevant to things Ive written on this blog before: Finally, if your children have been vaccinated against xyz disease, why would you care if others are NOT vaccinated, surely your…

Immunology Woo: MHC Mates, Part 3

My first tech job out of college, I worked with a lovely group of Chinese ladies. They gave me a Chinese nick-name meaning: dog nose. Im working under the assumption that this wasnt an Anti-Semitic thing (lol!), but a comment on my really sensitive sense of smell. I would walk into the lab, smell gas,…

Green our vaccines!

Antivaxers want green vaccines? How about vaccines produced in plants? Solar powered, green leafy plants– Cant get much more green than that! The basic idea is that we modify plants to make viral/bacterial proteins, and then we eat the plants, and YAY! Vaccine! How could this possibly work? Doesnt everything just get digested? Well, there…

The inevitable union: XMRV and Vpu!

Two things I didnt intend on writing about on ERV more than a few times, but turned into repeat guests: XMRV and Vpu. Theyve finally come together. Susceptibility of xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV) to retroviral restriction factors Know how I was talking about intrinsic immunity yesterday? Well, some scientists wondered how the heck…

From poison to potential panacea

Right-wing pundits/Conservatives/the Usual Suspects hate how much money the government has spent/is spending on HIV/AIDS. “No one gets AIDS but homos and blacks, so why the hell is the government spending all this money on AIDS and not cancer?” (random example) There is a pattern Im seeing in these kinds of people: They are stupid,…