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Infographic: Epidemics of North America

I dont know about you all, but I love those infographic things people create. They make statistics a lot more understandable and relatable than a chart of black-and-white numbers. Here is a cool one that turns devastating diseases into really pretty graphics An infographic by the team at Online Masters In Public Health

The circle is now complete…

In the past two weeks I have: 1– Defended my dissertation Thanks in part to the extra experience I got giving presentations during my graduate student career, this was not a big deal for me. I rather enjoyed it, but I wish I had more time (I ‘shortened’ my presentation to 73 slides. :-/ ).…

Which came first? The chicken or the blue egg?

After I cleared up everyones confusion on why chicken gonads are lopsided, and why we have white chickens, I thought I would tackle another one of lifes great mysteries. Admit it. Youve wondered where the hell blue chicken eggs come from. I ‘get’ brown eggs. I ‘get’ white, kinda. BUT WHERE THE HELL DID BLUE COME…

Another HIV Denier dead…

… From an infection that generally only affects those who are immunocompromised. *surprise* You all might remember me talking about Tommy Morrison: HIV-1, HIV Denial, and boxing HIV-1, HIV Denial, and boxing: Round 2 HIV-1, HIV Denial, and boxing: Round 3 Morrison died last week, at the age of 44. “That’s the way Tommy took…

Dog days of dissertation writing

Poor Arnie. As much as Ive disliked writing my dissertation, hes disliked it more. SO BORED. So as I am trying to write, I either get Cute Bored Arnie: Or Creepy Bored Arnie: Ive been sitting at the kitchen table to write. If I look over my right shoulder, those glowing eyes are literally what…

CSI: Virology

The best mysteries are ones where the reader, if they are following along carefully, can figure out the answer to the problem as the lead characters do. If you read science blogs and love evolution, then you know exactly where this is headed: Molecular evolution in court: analysis of a large hepatitis C virus outbreak…

Reality: The Ultimate Downer

In light of this news, lots of people are wondering: “If bone marrow transplants ‘cure’ HIV, why not give everyone with HIV bone marrow transplants…?” Well, why not? Certainly the process is not easy or cheap. When I first wrote about this in 2008 (!!!), I mentioned that there is no way this would be…

Over 9000 emails about this bit of news: Bone marrow ‘frees men of HIV drugs’ I actually wrote about this duo almost exactly a year ago. If you want to know more about the science of what is going on, click here: Two more HIV-1 patients kind of sort of cured-ish maybe The only new…

FreeOK 2013

If you havent bought your ticket to this years FreeOK, do so ASAP! Theyre in serious danger of selling out this year! This also means that you should get to the event early, because if they are close to selling out, it also means it will be hard to get rows of seats together, if…

I mean, its hard to get get more ‘alternative’ than a GMO HIV virus, rite? A million people have been forwarding me a link to this unbelievable story: Its totally true, and its something Ive written about here at ERV before. It is incredible. The day Im waiting for, is when this ‘incredible’ approach to…