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Some people have emailed me this story, concerned about the evolution of a ‘recombinant’ HIV virus that makes people progress to AIDS much faster than ‘regular’ HIV. Scientists Find Aggressive New HIV Strain This is the paper they are referring to: Faster Progression to AIDS and AIDS-Related Death Among Seroincident Individuals Infected With Recombinant HIV-1…

Okay, I have written a LOT about the connection between wayward ERV activity and Multiple Sclerosis. This is something scientists have been investigating for a long time… but we still do not know exactly what is going on. It seems the running hypothesis is that ‘something’/’somethings’ alter the epigenetic profile of individuals DNA, allowing for…

Monty Harper: “Vaccination”

Only a couple days left to get Monty Harpers next science-songs-for-kids album funded! In case I have not made this clear in the past, I really appreciate Montys approach to exposing kids to science. He does not dumb things down. He demands that the scientists he works with do *not* dumb down their science ‘for…

Some of you might remember this story from last year: Evolution: Crime Fighting Machine A hospital technician, David Kwiatkowski, has been accused of stealing pain medication (100 times as potent at morphine) and sterile needles from surgical patients.  Not only did patients not get the pain medication they needed, Kwiatkowski also exposed them to Hepatitis C, which he knew he…

Dammit. Transplant recipients not cured of HIV

Bone marrow transplants and HIV. I have been writing about this topic for a long time. Quick recap. 1. Some people with HIV-1 infection subsequently get blood cancers. 2. Sometimes those blood cancers need to be treated with bone marrow transplants. 2a. If the patient gets a transplant from a CCR5 negative donor, its great!…

WHOO! FREE book on GMOs, written by actual scientists and farmers, compiled by a former anti-GMOer who is now convinced of GMOs utility: The Lowdown on GMOs: According to Science I found out about this book from two of my friends, Karl Haro von Mogel and Anastasia Bodnar. These two were part of founding Biofortified (The Pandas Thumb of plant genetics)…

MORE Songs from the Science Frontier!

Hey guys! Monty Harper is trying to raise funds to do ANOTHER ‘Songs from the Science Frontier’! Not only does he have some great rewards for donations (for $15, you get the songs, totally reasonable), he has got a bunch of new donation bonuses up for Cyber Monday, like including your kids voice in one…

Neanderthal and Denisovan retroviruses in YOU!

Well, some of you! And maybe me! Last year, scientists combed through Neanderthal and Denisovian DNA sequences (yeah, those exist!) and found fourteen ERVs that were in Neanderthals and/or Denisovians, but NOT humans. Neandertal and Denisovan retroviruses SUMMARY: Modern humans (Homo sapiens) last shared a common ancestor with two types of archaic hominins, Neandertals and…

HIV Organ Policy Equity Act

When someone is dying, you treat what is killing them first. This might seem obvious, but its not– People wondered ‘If we can cure people of HIV with bone marrow transplants, then why dont we give everyone bone marrow transplants??’ We can only give HIV+ people with blood cancers that are killing them bone marrow…

ERVs, from three perspectives

I love viruses, and I love ERVs, but I am not the only one Here are some links to pieces people have written about these lovely pirates, from three different perspectives. 1– Nicholas Covington at Humes Apprentice (formerly AIG Busted!) is more a philosopher than a scientist, but even as a ‘layman’, he gets what ERVs…