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Today I spent the day driving home– one of my best friends since the seventh grade is getting married this weekend. Look forward to pics of me in a ‘beautiful’ hot-pink bridesmades dress soon… Anyway, since I was on the road all day, I of course wasnt connected to the internet. So I just got…

Judy Mikovits is playing whack-a-mole in her responses to the legion of anti-XMRV papers published to date: She bitches about one thing, or another thing, as the papers are published, but she misses the big picture. Its not that there are moles randomly popping up. The problem is youre entire 3 acre lot is full…

ERV readers will absolutely love this paper. Recombinant Origin of the Retrovirus XMRV Okay, we all know ERVs are awesome evidence for evolution and common descent. But, imagine we could do classical ERV research one better. Imagine that we had DNA from one of THE common ancestors of humans and chimpanzees– an ancestor who is…

Sometimes papers make me laugh because they are so bad. Sometimes papers make me laugh when they do or report something particularly clever. This paper is the latter: No Evidence of Murine-Like Gammaretroviruses in CFS Patients Previously Identified as XMRV-Infected I literally laughed-out-loud several times while reading it. Quick summary– Other people looked for XMRV…

I finally understand, Whittemore Peterson Institute. I get it. You exist to torment me. (video NSFW if you will get in trouble for throwing up at your desk)

I want to bake our favorite ninja/journalist, Trine Tsouderos, some cupcakes. Awesomesauce: In an email, retrovirologist Jonathan Stoye suggested that if the methods described in the original paper don’t hold up, it should be retracted. “Sooner or later they are going to have to face up to the fact that [their] paper is almost certainly…

From a basic, logical perspective, XMRV as the causative agent for any disease has been dead in my eyes, for quite some time. One would literally need to bend the rules of basic epidemiology, basic cancer biology, basic immunology, basic virology, time/space for ‘XMRV’ to be ‘real’. But of course, in the real world, especially…

Suddenly, cuckoo bananas!

Because I am having so much fun at mah conference, I missed my chance to plug a Q&A ninja/journalist Trine Tsouderos hosted with Paul Offit, vaccine inventor. Im sorry you all missed the chance to participate (Im hoping most ERV readers are Respectful Insolence readers, so you all got the info that way). I mean,…

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…

XMRV = Lab contaminant.

Breast Cancer Show EverTags: SOUTHPARKmore… After all the XMRV on ERV, as Wendy would say, “Im finished!” Its over. At this point, there are innumerable lines of evidence suggesting that XMRV is not a real human pathogen– from its magical ability to be spread despite no virus in any body fluid, including blood, including in…