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COOL!!! Recombinant origin, contamination, and de-discovery of XMRV I dont know if you all have access to this paper, but here is the relevant portion: Treatment of CFS patient PBMCs with 5-azacytidine was omitted from Lombardi et al. paper   In September 2011, Abbie Smith, a graduate student and virology blogger, (http://scienceblogs.com/erv/) revealed that Dr. Judy…

Quick update

Hai guise! Because of some complaints that NatGeo is getting about the posts/comment threads at ERV, Im taking them down here and putting them up at an alternate location (lots of you have offered, havent decided where yet, will update yall when its worked out). No big whoop– This is NatGeos property and I dont…

Test Post

Just a test–

SciBlogs Downtime

Hi guise! SciBlogs will be changing cosmetically a bit in the next day or two (gonna look more NatGeo and less Classic SciBlogs). There is no point in commenting between 7 pm Eastern Time tonight and when the update is complete (sometime Tuesday, afternoonish is the goal, we will tell you when its done) ,…

It gets lonely here in virus town. Its like me… and Vincent… and… me… So Im always happy to stumble across another virology blag, especially ones written by fellow grad students! Rule of 6ix :uncovering the science behind viruses, vaccines and what it means for us Bamford doesnt post super often, but check out the…

Apocalypse called off

Oh thank god. I am not a ’3 Quarks Daily’ finalist. While I certainly appreciate readers nominating and voting for me (getting that kind of support for the semi-finals was award enough for me!), the day I win some kind of award for writing is the day before the end of the Universe as we…

Is this real life?

What is going on? The Nominees for the 2011 3QD Prize in Science Are: Alphabetical list of blog names followed by the blog post title: 34. ERV: Barnyard Week: White Chickens Are ERV Mutants WHAT IS HAPPENING???? I DONT UNDERSTAND!!! Me no thinks me rites gud, but if u lieks u can votes for me?

Where in the world is ERV?

HAI GUYS! Im currently packing to go on a trip. A semi-long trip (few weeks) where my internet access will be sparse (*TWITCH*… **TWIIIIIIIITCH**), so, funny enough, the blag is a little quiet now so its not totally quiet while Im gone. Also, just a heads up,The Management is going to be keeping their eyes…

Yay! We, Beasties!

We filled a big gap at SciBlogs this morning! See, Orac likes writing about anti-vaxers– the politics, their methods, etc. I like writing about anti-vaxers– but from the vaccine and viruses perspective. We didnt have anyone here to focus on anti-vaxers from the immune systems perspective (I can, but I really dont like to. The…

This is a post on ERV

In the first paragraph, I provide some anecdote about my life, family, dog, school, whatever. Sometimes its just an observation. This is really just filler I hope will draw you in so you humor the bitching part of my post and read the science part. These are titles of some sensational news articles. They either…