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Safer fecal bacteriotherapy

On an academic level, I am not a fan of bacteria. I like viruses. Thus, I usually like the idea of using viruses to kill bacteria. But I am a huge fan of fecal bacteriotherapy, aka, poop transplants. Someone is sick, they get antibiotics. Antibiotics kill off their ‘normal’ bacteria, and allow ‘bad’ bacteria, like Clostridium…

Why do scientists always forget about luck?

You get the data when you get the data, but the information we get from this study would have been useful several years ago: Persistence of Virus Reservoirs in ART-Treated SHIV-Infected Rhesus Macaques after Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant The Berlin Patient– Guy gets HIV, develops a blood cancer, gets radiation and chemo for the cancer,…

ERVs vs HIV– Maybe a bad idea

For quite a while, now, there has been a connection between Endogenous Retroviruses and HIV. For some unknown reason, some of the young ERVs in humans, the ones that can still code for a protein here and there, are reactivated in HIV+ patients. Scientists have found ERV RNA in HIV+ patient plasma, and they have…

LOL! Former blag-brother Kevin, along some friends from Harvard, have an independent website set up for educating the public about immunology: Emmunity.org They have a page I will link to many times in the future, describing the basic cellular components of the immune system, as well as another page filled with animations explaining some tricks those…

This is not, in any way, a ‘clean’ blog. But I cannot type my genuine reaction to this news: Shift of HIV Tropism in Stem-Cell Transplantation with CCR5 Delta32 Mutation I have not stopped cussing since I heard about this. God dammit, HIV. God DAMMIT. We had ONE THING. ONE THING that WORKED to CURE…

You all might remember, Judy Mikovits and Age of Autism contributor Ken Heckenlively, were releasing a book on ‘their side’ of the XMRV fiasco (the scientific side of the XMRV fiasco). Plague: One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases Yes, that is really the…

Top Secret Ebola serums, how do they work?

One wonderful thing that has come two US citizens being infected Ebola (and successfully treated for the disease) is *education* the general public is getting about this, frankly, ‘scary’ virus. Im not talking about the bizarre nonsense/missed opportunity posted by Sanjay Gupta and his ‘producer’ Danielle Dellorto. Of course science bloggers have capitalized on this opportunity to educate people (its…

Ive written about modifying plants to do lots of fun things (vaccines, counter allergies, etc) in the past: Green our vaccines! Green our vaccines! Part II Green our vaccines! Part III Green our vaccines! Part IV Unfortunately, this kind of technology has been held back by luddite/anti-biotechnology pressure from the general public. It has *not* moved forward…

Oh, Sanjay Gupta. Secret serum likely saved Ebola patients (warning: link has auto-play video, ugh) Three top secret, experimental vials stored at subzero temperatures were flown into Liberia last week in a last-ditch effort to save two American missionary workers who had contracted Ebola, according to a source familiar with details of the treatment. There was…

“HIV mutates a lot”. People ‘get’ that. Why is HIV hard to stop? Why is HIV hard to treat? “HIV mutates a lot”. But HIV does not mutate willy-nilly. It mutates at an evolutionarily defined rate. The reverse transcriptase enzyme makes mistakes during replication that are beneficial to HIV– creating a diverse population, a quasispecies,…