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HERVs and disease and junk DNA

I love junk DNA. Well, thats an understatement– I mean I love is SO MUCH I created a blog dedicated to a particular form of junk DNA, endogenous retroviruses. I love how we can learn fantastic things about organisms (and their diseases) from, basically, dumpster-diving though millions and millions of years of mistakes and accidents…

HERVs and HIV-1

Quick recap of ERVs for new readers of ERV (or long-time readers who have forgotten!)– ERVs are retroviruses that accidentally infected an egg/sperm cell, and became a permanent part of that egg/sperms DNA. That egg/sperm then went on to successfully generate a viable embryo, and because that retrovirus was part of the egg/sperms DNA, it…

PERVs not a risk, manimals imminent

If there is one ERV I genuinely love talking about on ERV, its PERVs– Porcine Endogenous Retroviruses. And you all should care about them too– Pigs and their PERVs (or, lack of PERVs, or lack of infectious PERVs) might one day have a direct impact on you or your friends/family. Clinical trials involving tissue from…

Barnyard Week: BoERVs in Big Bos Taurus

Like BlagHag, I have a soft-spot for astrology. Not that I ever ‘believed’ in it, I have just always loved the stars and the moon and zodaic stuff is just fun. Via that, Ive also always had a soft-spot for cows. I am a Taurus, and I just think cows are pretty: I also love…

I LOVE talking about PERVs on ERV. PERVs. PERVs. EVEN MOAR PERVs. I LOVE PERVs! Well… PERVs as in Piggie Porcine Endogenous Retroviruses. Not pervs as in Catholic Priests and Teh Popes advisers. Thats a different story. Because the need for organs for transplants is so high, and because pigs are pretty great sources for…

So I got the idea to do this after stumbling across a bunch of viral/farmyard stories this week. I know its currently Tuesday, not Sunday, so, SURPRISE!!! BARNYARD WEEK! If you ERV readers are anything like me, you have spent countless nights tossing and turning in bed, unable to sleep, unable to stop pondering one…

SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! The first sequenced carnivore genome shows complex host-endogenous retrovirus relationships. ONE note of dismay: They did not include a picture of the boxer they sequenced. WTF??? Substitute picture: see more dog and puppy pictures Fun quickies! Despite Arnies love of getting into the garbage, dogs have much less junk DNA via proviral ERVs than…

HERV vs HIV

CTL-based vaccines and HIV-1. Ive written about them quite a few times here on ERV. Quick recap– All of your cells fly ‘flags’ that show circulating cytotoxic T-cells what proteins they are making. Normally, a virus-infected cell will put up virus/pirate ‘flags’, the T-cell will ‘see’ something is wrong, and convince the infected cell to…

ERVs and ALS

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, aka Lou Gherigs disease. Pretty much sounds like hell, to me. Your mind is fine, while your body is collapsing around you– slowly but surely paralyzing you, taking away your ability to eat and breathe, while your mind is fine and dandy so you are acutely aware of what is happening to…

ERV Starship

I guess Im going to have to change the name of ‘ERV’. Before I was just concerned. Now, ERVs are officially not so special at all. Viruses, all kinds of viruses, are all over the place in genomes– from insects to humans. Endogenous Viral Elements in Animal Genomes Carl Zimmers take: Your inner viruses: the…