Immunology

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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,…

I hate how the ‘new’ Technorati doesnt let you see everyone whos linked to you. Sometimes, smaller blogs with less traffic write a neat post and link to me, but I dont ‘see’ the post unless I happen to catch one of their readers clicking to me on SiteMeter. *FROWNY FACE AT TECHNORATI* I just…

My savior: Ketotifen Fumarate

I never had allergies until I moved to Oklahoma. Evidently, when the wind comes sweeping down the plain at +45 mph, its carrying billions and billions of grains of cedar pollen. So even though I grew up in a damn forest, Im now allergic to ‘trees’. *bonus* Arnie is allergic to trees AND grass. A…

Numbers arent enough

Okay, so there are like 20,000 polar bears left. 4,000 tigers. 1,600 Pandas. Meh, who cares, right? I mean, there are still some. 1,600 plus the ones in zoos. ‘Endangered’ animals are fine! Yeah… No. Minor problem with decreasing population numbers: Its more than just the numbers. Its genetic diversity within those numbers. If those…

Molecular Mimicry and Disease

Everyone knows that bacteria/viruses/pathogens make you sick. Everyone knows your immune system fights back against these guys so you get better. But did you know that pathogens can (accidentally) make your immune system mutiny? Turn your own immune system against you? They can! Through ‘molecular mimicry‘!

Immunology Woo: MHC Mates, Part 2

After last Fridays post on a curiously orchestrated media event for a crappy paper (DUNT TAKE TEH PILL OR U CHOSE BAD BOIFREND!), I decided to bully some of my immuno professors for more information. I mean Ive got MHC experts just down the hall, surely they would know more about this topic! ERV: “What…

Immunology Woo: MHC Mates

If youve read ‘health’ news on the internet this week, youve seen this story: Pill may lead women to the wrong guy The Pill makes women pick bad mates MSNBC Pill Users Choose ‘Wrong’ Sex Partners WebMD Sniffing for Mr. Right Just put ‘MHC women’ into Google News. Youll get a billion hits for articles…