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You all might have heard about ‘delta32′ or ‘delta-CCR5′ people in association with HIV infection. People who naturally, by chance, have deletions and mutations in the CCR5 gene of their DNA dont make functional CCR5 proteins. It doesnt appear to be ‘a big deal’, and people who have this particular mutation seem to live normal…

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)…

Another day, another disease treatment strategy based off a genetically modified virus! Prostate Specific Antigen Retargeted Recombinant Newcastle Disease Virus for Prostate Cancer Virotherapy. This one is so clever, you guys. It is so freaking clever! Some of you might know that sometimes, when prostate cancer is present, there is an elevated level of ‘Prostate…

GMO Cowpox vs liver cancer

This is ridiculous. After all of the papers I have read, written about, the new stuff we can do with GMO viruses…I can still be amazed. This is insane: Randomized dose-finding clinical trial of oncolytic immunotherapeutic vaccinia JX-594 in liver cancer The patients in this study had liver cancer.  Specifically, malignant hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).  In…

1800 gene therapy trials

I wish I wish I wish this article was open access! ARG!! Gene therapy clinical trials worldwide to 2012 – an update This article is a great review of gene therapy as a therapy, and how it has evolved from an experiment that killed children to an accepted therapy that is saving and improving lives.…

Crazy random happenstance considering the post earlier this week on ‘religious’ vegans refusing the influenza vaccine in hospitals: Flublok, a Flu Vaccine, Wins F.D.A. Approval The vaccine, developed by a small company called Protein Sciences, is made with a process that does not require the virus to be grown in chicken eggs, as is now…

GMO viruses for coronary artery disease

Whoda thought that injecting viruses into peoples hearts would be not only fun, but good for their health!  I just wrote about this little guy that can turn regular heart muscle cells into pacemaker cells (in guinea pigs), and here is another cool study hot off the presses: Long-Term Follow-up Assessment of a Phase 1…

Building a better GMO virus for Hemophilia B

When youre trying to cure a genetic disease with a genetically modified virus, you dont have to get a perfect score. You dont have to cure everyone in the trial. You dont even really have to cure them– Just make their lives a little easier, making it so that they can skip a few invasive…

BWAHAHAHAHA GMO virus to replace pacemakers

Im seriously, you guys. ANY MEDICAL CONDITION YOU CAN THINK OF: There is a scientist, somewhere, trying to use viruses to treat/cure that condition. The latest: Direct conversion of quiescent cardiomyocytes to pacemaker cells by expression of Tbx18 Lots of people, either through age or genetic defect, need pacemakers. Pacemakers, while functional, come with a…

A lot of folks have been forwarding me this story from the New York Times–  In Girl’s Last Hope, Altered Immune Cells Beat Leukemia It is a FANTASTIC story about a little girl who had been sick from leukemia for two years, wasnt responding to conventional therapies, and her parents chose to try alternative medicine. …