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Family Guy, S07E02 ‘I Dream of Jesus’: Peter: Brian, can I see that paper for a sec? (Brian gives Peter the paper. Peter peruses the paper.) Peter: Huh… that’s odd… I thought that would big news. Brian: You thought what would be big news? Peter: Well there seems to be an absence of a certain…

Many roads lead to Rome– there is no one ‘right’ way to solve an evolutionary hurdle. Viruses encounter the same evolutionary ‘problems’, but have evolved lots and lots and lots of different solutions to the exact same problems. Random chance of mutations + the bumbling blindness of natural selection (‘good enough’ is selected, not ‘BEST!’)…

I first wrote about honey bee colony collapse disorder (CCD) in 2009– Since ~2006, honey bee colonies in the US have been dropping dead overnight. Literally. They call it ‘colony collapse disorder’. While large populations of organisms dying is disturbing, no matter the species, we need honey bees– they help pollinate so many of our…

Ive written about noroviruses a few times on ERV.  Theyre insidious little bugs that hide on door handles and food utensils (… and food…) and if you ingest them, you poop.  A lot.  Like I have said before, any time you hear about a ton of people getting sick on a cruise ship, you can…

I mentioned this in my interview with Karl, and its a topic Im going to be speaking about at FreeOK2 this year– hell, its something Ive mentioned over and over and over and over on this blog: We arent Cave Men dancing around a fire chanting ‘OOGA BOOGA VIRUS BAD!’ We are modern humans who…

Know what sounds like fun? Testing almost 5,000 bats and over 4,000 rodents, from all over the world, for a cadre of viral infections Im not kidding! Bats host major mammalian paramyxoviruses Think about this: Where did, say, measles, come from? How were humans originally infected? Where were they infected? Just because we have a…

Endogenous viruses in viruses

Viruses are everywhere. Theyre even in other viruses. A couple of scientists at Portland States ‘Center for Life in Extreme Environments’ just found a virus in the sediment of Boiling Springs Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park (‘boiling’? ‘volcanic’? sounds cozy!). It is a single-strand, circular DNA virus. Well, okee dokie! Every new virus we…

There has been a ‘fun’ story going around the scientific and pop-culture media circles for the past couple of months. Apparently, a couple of labs worked together to make a ‘bird flu’ a ‘mammal/people flu’, and somehow terrorists are going to use this information to kill everyone on planet earth, and this research must be…

This is an… odd… educational opportunity… Anne Bass’ boyfriend mesmerized jury with frightening account of Connecticut mansion invasion: He said, “I love you, Anne” — then prepared to die. Wealthy philanthropist Anne Bass’ boyfriend yesterday mesmerized a jury with a frightening account of how three armed men “dressed like ninjas” invaded her Connecticut mansion with…

SWEEEEET! Scientists found a brand new branch of organisms in the boiling acid pools or Yellowstone National Park! Identification of novel positive-strand RNA viruses by metagenomic analysis of archaea-dominated Yellowstone Hot Springs HA! Before we had only found DNA viruses in these pools, DNA viruses infecting archaea. Youngs troupe of scientists thought there might be…