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Michael Douglas and HPV

Michael Douglass recently announced that his battle with throat cancer was instigated by HPV. We have known for a long time that males can benefit from the HPV vaccine series. I wrote this back in 2011: CDC recommends HPV vaccine for boys! It would be great, for women, if boys got the vaccine too. Of…

Tornadoes

Some folks have been worried about me, so I thought Id write this post to mention that I am okay, Arnie is okay, everything is okay with me. In the seven years Ive lived in OK, Ive been though a lot of storms. Its only been bad enough for me to come to work (I…

New ideas for saving Tasmanian Devils

I cannot deal with the fact Tasmanian Devils are being driven to extinction by a contagious, untreatable cancer. I cannot deal with it. Click on the first link to see the science behind the tragedy: Numbers arent enough Click on the second link to see why I cannot deal with this, psychologically: Oh no… Cedric…

*sigh* *heaviersigh* One of the many problems we have when treating HIV patients is that HIV can hide (latent). So a cell can be infected with HIV, but not show any signs of being infected. The HIV provirus is just chillin in the host cell DNA, not making any viral proteins/babby viruses, so the individuals…

HPV vaccine works. NO WAY!!!!

The HPV vaccine works! Genital warts in young Australians five years into national human papillomavirus vaccination programme: national surveillance data. In Australia, they started vaccinating girls/women against HPV in 2007. In 2007, 11.5% of women under 21 (age-range most likely to get the vaccine before they were sexually active) were diagnosed with genital warts. 0.85%…

Craig Venter: True Revolution in Medicine

Craig Venter gets it. He gets it. I wish I had 5 minutes to talk to him. I dont. But we do have this ~21 min vid where he talks about some of the innovative things he and his crew are working on (phage therapy, faster ways to make influenza vaccines). True Revolution in Medicine…

Keep calm and do virology

There is another new bird flu. H7N9 Bird Flu Cases Reach 21 In China; Death Total Unchanged At Six  More bird flu cases reported in China  New deadly bird flu virus infects at least 20 in China The NPR article is quite good: Human Cases Of Bird Flu In China Draw Scrutiny This ‘bird flu’…

HA! A blog post by an Antarctic tourist about a paper studying the blogs of Antarctic tourists! Being there: examining the behaviour of Antarctic tourists through their blogs *Very* fun idea! If you want to know how tourists are behaving/interacting with environment and wildlife of Antarctica when they visit, you could hitch a ride with…

Indulging Idiots: TOO MANY TOO SOON!!!!!

Step 1– Wooer makes some ridiculous claim about vaccines. This claim has no science supporting it, but it gets *worse*. There is actually not even a theoretical scientific framework where the claim could work.  Claim is antiscience right out the gates. Step 2– Repeat wooer claim ad nauseum online. Step 3– Scientists actually go to…

So I freaked out a couple weeks ago when the statistic came out that “28% of South African school girls are infected with HIV”: South Africa: ‘Over 25% of schoolgirls HIV positive’ 28 Percent Of South African Schoolgirls Have HIV Because Of ‘Sugar Daddies,’ Health Minister Says The good news is, this statistic is WRONG:…