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Five kids in the first trial. Then eleven. Now thirty (ultimately 39): Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cells for Sustained Remissions in Leukemia Slowly but surely, HIV genetically modified to genetically modify relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) patients T-cells are prolonging (saving?) kids lives. Ive written about this treatment a couple times before: ‘Dismal prognosis’ with…

HIV-1s ancestors just got older-er

More HIV news! HIVs ancestor, SIV (simian immunodeficiency virus), has been around a LOT longer than we previously thought. As I have mentioned before, we always assumed retroviruses like HIV, lentiviruses, are evolutionarily ‘young’. They are relatively complex, so probably ‘newish’ in retrovirus-world, but they do not fossilize well (we have found very few lentiviral…

Yay! Going to get some new addition to ‘Creationist Claims about ERVs‘, via this bucket of fail from Answers in Genesis: The Natural History of Retroviruses– Exogenization vs Endogenization The best alternative explanation is that orthologous ERVs were created to occupy similar genomic loci in separate species by a single designer to carry out similar…

If we are made in Gods image, God is made of gag, pol, and env. And God sent his only son to Earth, ERV9, to perform miracles in His name. Like bringing dead genes back to life. LOL! A fun paper in PLOS Genetics describes an absolutely bizarre scenareo– A gene, IRGM, was ‘lost’ in…