Retrovirus

Category archives for Retrovirus

Many roads lead to Rome– there is no one ‘right’ way to solve an evolutionary hurdle. Viruses encounter the same evolutionary ‘problems’, but have evolved lots and lots and lots of different solutions to the exact same problems. Random chance of mutations + the bumbling blindness of natural selection (‘good enough’ is selected, not ‘BEST!’)…

MMTV and Breast Cancer

Sorry, Hitch. Religion doesnt poison *everything*. Thanks to the bumbling efforts of ‘respected’ scientists like Judy Mikoivts, we now know that its not religion, but mouse DNA, that poisons everything. Relatively new readers of ERV are well aware of the fact that all efforts to connect XMRV to any human pathogen have ended up being…

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…

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…

Backwards day: Using ERVs to treat cancer

Retroviruses cause cancer. Like how HPV causes cancer, its not really ‘on purpose’, its just a side-effect of their life-cycle– insert DNA randomly into a genome enough times, and eventually youre going to plop somewhere you aint supposed to be, and cause cancer. Thus I am terribly amused when Creationists bawww about how ERVs are…