HIV

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A couple of weeks ago, I found a post, “Is HIV ‘fingerprinting’ junk courtroom science?“, which argues: But calling the comparison of HIV strains’ genes “fingerprinting” — calling to mind the more-familiar matching of human suspects’ DNA to blood at a crime scene — is dangerously misleading, they warn. “By calling such investigations HIV fingerprinting,…

It turns your bacteria Jewish*. Seriously, the strong finding of this article was completely ignored. Anyway…. A recent paper describes the effect of circumsion on the bacteria that live on the penis. The authors swabbed uncircumsized and circumsized penises, and then PCR amplified the 16S rRNA gene which is found in all bacteria, and can…

This is not a needle exchange program center (from here) I’ve written before about the needle exchange legislation which is very good…in an imaginary world lacking parks, schools, and other places where children congregate. From Maine, we find out what this legislation really means: Such a position could conceivably pave the way for additional federal…

After reading these two posts by ScienceBlogling Sheril (and the many comments) about scientific literacy, I suppose I’m in the minority about what scientific literacy. Unlike most of the commenters, I think scientific literacy revolves primarily around a core set of knowledge, and not ‘critical thinking skills.’ More importantly, to combat anti-science, facts are vital.

In the midst of the Conservative War on Contraception, there’s a broader assault by conservatives on public health initiatives. At Salon, Alex Koppelman does a good job rebutting the conservative opposition to vaccination, infection control, and figuring out if someone has AIDS (further fisking is available from IDSA). There’s no reason to repeat this fine…

I’ve recently written a couple of posts about how evolution is used in medicine. Randolph Nesse and Stephen Stearns in Evolutionary Applications have written an article about evolutionary medicine. Here’s one part that provides some additional examples (italics mine):

A survey of Florida teens’ sexual health knowledge yielded some very disturbing results:

Influenza and Low Hanging Fruit

In response to this post about annual influenza (also crossposted here), I received several emails and comments that missed the whole point. I am not denigrating the importance of ‘other’ diseases. AIDS and cancer are worth curing and preventing. My point about influenza is that preventing most of the deaths can be thought of as…

Tara Speak. You Listen

ScienceBlogling Tara of Aetiology has co-authored a PLoS Biology article about HIV denialism and the internets. Go read it. The HIV denialists are clogging up the internet tubes…

A Question About Tobias

Friday, Deputy Secretary of State Randall L. Tobias resigned because he had received ‘massages’ from an escort service. One of Tobias’ major effects on U.S. foreign policy was to promote abstinence-only sex education: