XMRV

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I have known about this for a while, and have been debating whether or not I should say anything. I really dont want to give the disgraces responsible for the XMRV–>CFS fiasco, Judy Mikovits, Frank Ruscetti, and Sandra Ruscetti, any more attention. What turned my opinion was something T.R. Gregory said yesterday: I don’t *believe*…

Science News Update

Jerome Horwitz, the man who invented AZT, died– Being in the basic virology realm of HIV Research World, I dont always pay as much attention to the clinical side of things as I should.  Thus I didnt know about the really interesting history of Jerome Horowitz and AZT.  Apparently he invented it as an anti-cancer…

Madness? THIS IS SCIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!

Science hath no insanity like the XMRV fiasco. *sigh* But there is a constant, bright spot in this ridiculous storm, and I dont want it to be overlooked– The scientific leadership of Robert Silverman, and everyone associated/partnered with his laboratory*. As a young, hopeful, yet increasingly derisive scientist like myself, Silvermans behavior throughout all of…

COOL!!! Recombinant origin, contamination, and de-discovery of XMRV I dont know if you all have access to this paper, but here is the relevant portion: Treatment of CFS patient PBMCs with 5-azacytidine was omitted from Lombardi et al. paper   In September 2011, Abbie Smith, a graduate student and virology blogger, (http://scienceblogs.com/erv/) revealed that Dr. Judy…

In 2006, long before ERV was a twinkle in my eye– A really cool paper was published in PLOS Pathogens: Identification of a novel Gammaretrovirus in prostate tumors of patients homozygous for R462Q RNASEL variant. They found a ‘new’ retrovirus, XMRV (‘new’ to humans, old to mice).  A new retrovirus in prostate tumors.  Especially in…

Updates on the past few posts:

I have a some updates on a few stories I covered the past couple of weeks: Some people who proclaim to have ‘chronic fatigue syndrome’ show everyone just how NOT CRAZY they are… by transcribing my entire interview with Conspiracy Skeptic by hand (they cant hold a job you see– ‘brain fog’) and comparing me…

The Conspiracy Skeptic & ERV! Again!

Several years ago, my friend Karl Mamer at Conspiracy Skeptic had me on to talk about HIV Denial. A couple days ago, I was finally back to talk a bit about the science and politics of XMRV! Make sure you listen to the very end to catch Arnies surprise cameo appearance! PUPPAH NO LIKE KITTEH!!!!!…

XMRV and chronic fatigue syndrome: Why?

When a disaster happens in science, like the XMRV fiasco, the most important lesson everyone can take away from the incident is ‘Why?’ If you understand the ‘Why?’ behind what happened, you can avoid the problem in the future. So specifically in the case of the XMRV fiasco, the question was, “Why did samples in…

The very first sign Judy Mikovits was not just a little ‘off-her-rocker’ kook-coo, but full on ‘off-the-rocker-set-it-on-fire-and-dancing-around-the-flames-nude-while-using-feces-as-war-paint’ kook-coo, was this comment she made about XMRV, vaccines, and autism, before her shit paper was even published: “On that note, if I might speculate a little bit,” she said, “This might even explain why vaccines would lead…

(sorry about the commenting issues the past couple of days– dunno what that was, fixed now!) So, they finally retracted Lo et al, which should have never been published in the first place, as it turns out their findings were contamination, and they should have been aware of that if they BLASTed their goddamn sequences…