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ERMAHGERD! ERVALANCH! ERVs and melanoma

I was actually unaware of this– But melanoma is Yet Another Disease that has been associated with wayward ERV transcription and translation.  Scientists have found inappropriate ERV RNA, protein, and anti-ERV antibodies in melanoma patients. This is the first paper to break down ‘melanoma’ into subtypes (like ‘cancer’ is not monolithic, all ‘melanomas’ are not…

ERMAHGERD! IM GONNA TALK ABOUT ERVS ALL WEEK!!! I have a love/hate relationship with the ERV-[insert brain/CNS disorder] ‘connection’.  Labs from all over the world, with independent protocols and patient cohorts, see there is something going on with, for example, ERVs and multiple sclerosis.  So there is *something* going on there, we just arent sure…

CERVs! Crocodile ERVs (not chimpanzee!)

Uh oh. VIRAL NOMENCLATURE WAR!!! CERV vs CERV!!! Chimpanzee vs Crocodile!!! Its gonna be a THROWDOWN!!! … Or we can just read a neat open-access article about ERVs in crocodiles Strong purifying selection in endogenous retroviruses in the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) in the Northern Territory of Australia Specifically, Crocodylus porosu, saltwater crocodiles, one of…

PIGS! PERVS!!

We now have the complete pig (aka Sus scrofa) genome!  You know what that means……….!!! PERVs!!!! Analyses of pig genomes provide insight into porcine demography and evolution While I am a huge fan of all ERVs, including PERVs, PERVs hold a special place in my heart. Literally. Physicians can use pig parts and organs for…

HIVs controlled by HERVs

Technically, its the immune response to the HERVs that can control the HIVs, not the HERVs directly. Ive written about the proposed connection between ERVs and HIV a couple times before– Briefly, viruses do lots of things by accident.  Things just happen.  Sometimes viruses make us blind for no good reason, or give us cancer…

ERVs and Multiple Sclerosis, #5

This is not overly helpful information for MS patients, but its still good news: No additional copies of HERV-Fc1 in the germ line of multiple sclerosis patients. Previous research has indicated that there are endogenous retroviruses that are disregulated and leading to detectable production of ERV proteins in MS patients.  They found the bugger involved–…

Ferrets have a super rare ERV!

Ive always wanted a ferret.  When I was little, because of this (1m59s): Now, because of stuff like this: Ferrets arent just super cool pets, they also have a very rare ‘gift’– While all organisms genomes are littered with pirate DNA and endogenous retroviruses, endogenous lentiviruses have only been found in three creatures: Bunnies, lemurs,…

Paleovirology seems to work the opposite of the way the Creationist want.  The more information we have, the further back the timeline shifts, not vice versa. For example, we used to think HIV-1 started in humans ~1930, but after we found more ‘old’ HIV sequences, the clock got pushed back to 1902-1921. We used to…

PERVs in your pork chops

Well this is a new one: This will sound radical to most of you, but the latest information available to us now could improve your health, should you decide to take this seriously. Have you ever considered why Muslims and Jews are forbidden from eating pork?  Both religions consider it unclean.  Dr. Jeff McCombs, author…

Horse ERVs are junk too

Arnie got to meet horses for the first time last week It was an unexpected event (horsies were out at a neighbors when we went on a walkie), so I didnt get it on film– but I can recreate it: Arnie: HOLY SHIT MOM!  MOOOOOM! MOOOOOOOOOOOM! WHAT ARE THOSE MONSTERS??? OH GOD THEYRE WALKING TOWARDS…