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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,…

Some of you might remember the waves made earlier this year about ‘The Immunity Project’. They were crowdsourcing an HIV vaccine that was magical and amazing and they were totally going to give it away for free!! YAY! … Except ‘The Immunity Project’ basically had nothing to back their claims up. No publications, the investigators had…

c0nc0rdance + HIV vs Creationists

Though ERVs are my favorite tool vs Creationists, HIV is a fantastic choice as well. I mean, has anyone seen hide or hair of Behe since 2007? Poor guy. Alas, there are still Creationists out there, so to address some of their ‘concerns’, c0nc0rdance made a couple of vids using his favorite HIV protein, Vpr:

Of course, SciBlogs is in the middle of a WordPress update when this news breaks: ‘Mississippi Baby’ now has detectable HIV, researchers find Some of you might remember last year, when there was exciting news about a baby, born with HIV, who had subsequently become HIV- thanks to an alternative treatment strategy (basically, give babby HAART…

Quick recap– An HIV Denier, Clark  Baker, starts a web group, the ‘HIV Innocence Project‘ to defend people accused of HIV-related crimes. Name-change to ‘HIV Innocence Group’ after the Innocent Project complained. An HIV advocate, Todd Deshong, started a different website, ‘HIV Innocent Group Truth‘ to address and expose Clarks activities. DeShongs coverage is rather innocuous– What…

As those of us in the US are planning our holiday weekend, I wanted to make sure you all know that Trolling With Logic will be doing a 24 hour charity show to raise funds for Engineers Without Borders! I had a marvelous time chatting with them back in January, so I jumped at the opportunity…

Prosecuting faked HIV vaccine results

Remember this? Wait, what? Faked HIV vaccine results The researcher accused of manipulating his reagents to ‘show his HIV vaccine strategy worked’ admitted he did it: Investigators say former Iowa State University laboratory manager Dong-Pyou Han has confessed to spiking samples of rabbit blood with human antibodies to make an experimental HIV vaccine appear to…