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Ricky Gervais: AIDS vs Rabies

I dont know why he took it down, but Ricky Gervais Tweeted the following a few days ago: Any virologists or medical experts out there? What WOULD win out of AIDS & Rabies? Maybe he took it down because he thought it was insensitive or something, but I think its a totally normal, valid question…

1800 gene therapy trials

I wish I wish I wish this article was open access! ARG!! Gene therapy clinical trials worldwide to 2012 – an update This article is a great review of gene therapy as a therapy, and how it has evolved from an experiment that killed children to an accepted therapy that is saving and improving lives.…

YEAH!!! WARBLEGARBLE KILLER FLU is BACK!!!

YAAAAAAAAAAY!!! You know that ‘killer bird flu’ I talked about at FreeOK2?  Last year some governments FREAKED OUT because scientists evolved a mammal-to-mammal transmissible bird flu in the lab, and the government officials were concerned that The Worlds Stupidest Terrorists would try to use it as a weapon. Somehow. For some reason. Whatever. Finally, despite…

I love viruses. And so should you. Once again, a BIG THANK YOU to The Thinking Atheist for putting this together and uploading it for us!!! 1– I never talk more than 30-35 minutes, because that is the extent of my attention-span :-/  Which leaves at least 10 minutes for a Q&A! 2– They didnt…

Scientists all around the world are creating legions of genetically modified viruses to treat/cure human afflictions, from nicotine addiction to hemophilia (A and B). One disease a lot of folks are focused on in brain cancer.  Certainly not a monolithic entity– but scientists are working on viruses against them all.  One of the viruses on…

Carl Zimmer: ‘Our viral future’

YAY! Author Carl Zimmer: Our Viral Future from Singularity Institute on FORA.tv ONE QUIBBLE: Viruses are not ‘bad news wrapped in protein’.  The vast vast vast majority of the viruses out there want nothing to do with humans at all. Even the ones that do infect humans, lots dont actually cause us any real harm,…

NICE! Gene therapy of pancreatic cancer targeting the K-Ras oncogene Cancer sucks, but some kinds of cancers suck worse than others.  One that really sucks is pancreatic cancer.  From the intro of this paper: Pancreatic cancer (PC) is the fourth leading cause of cancer death among men and women, comprising 6% of all cancer-related death.…

Six degrees of Virophages

Its like ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’, except with virophages!  And in my case, it seems to be closer to two or three degrees. Its happened again. Provirophages and transpovirons as the diverse mobilome of giant viruses Edited by James L. Van Etten, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE Dr. Van Etten is one of my…

GMO HSV-1 vs Brain Cancer

Orac wrote yesterday about the abominable union between anti-vaxers and anti-GMOers: “Genetically modified” vaccines and GMOs: Sapping and impurifying all our precious bodily fluids? My ‘message’ to these kinds of people?  Get over it.  Fast.  Because you look ridiculous. Skinner: Im telling you people, the earth revolves around the sun! Abe: Burn him! [lights the…

Readers in the US/Europe probably havent heard a whole heck of a lot about alphaviruses. Mayaro, Chikungunya, Ross River virus– Though these and other alphaviruses infect humans and our livestock (horses) they dont get much media time around here, because theyre more ‘tropical’.  Africa, Australia, South America.  Thats where alphaviruses prefer to hang out. Yeah. …