Category Archive: microbiology

Apr 11 2014

Lab grown vaginas

You might think I’m writing a check with that headline these blogg’n finger can’t cash. If so, you would be wrong! There really is such a report out and vaginas are not the only things being grown in vitro, or outside of the body, whatever the terminology might be.

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Nov 21 2013

New genetic analysis of archaic hominids binds us closely together

An endogenous retrovirus or ERV is a genetic scar produced by a failed viral infection. Geneticists can tell its of viral origin because it will contain base pairs associated exclusively with viruses. If the ERV happens to insert in a portion of a cell genome that goes onto contribute to an egg or sperm that creates a new …

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Nov 12 2013

Know nothings on parade: anti-vaxxars


There’s an interesting post up here about a reporter who managed to get whooping cough, or Pertussis as its formerly called. Pertussis was once barely heard from, but it’s on the rise again in the US because of the anti-vax movement. But there’s more to this post, a lot more. First and excerpt:

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Sep 19 2013

Everyone wants to live a long time

Everyone wants to live a long time, preferably forever. Much of human art and most all of religion is based on that anxiety. So Google is on the case!

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Jul 09 2013

Isolated Antarctic lake full of life


Lake Vostok has been buried under two miles of ice for 15 million years, but scientists can now say life has found a way to persist and thrive there. Pristine samples from the lake were examined and found to contain genetic signatures for thousands of species. Some sequences suggest more complex animals like worms or …

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Jul 03 2013

HIV patients appear cured after receiving marrow transplant


Two men with HIV are now free of the virus after a bone marrow transplant to treat lymphoma. But how that happened is a mystery for now.

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Jun 30 2013

Sunday School for atheists

Viruses are pretty sneaky. But researchers are now using them to implant a very different and far more benign payload. This isn’t a miracle, this is science.

Jun 19 2013

CDC reports HPV vaccine working as predicted


You know that vaccine for human papillomavirus that conservatives fought tooth and nail against and continue to do so? The one Rick Perry waffled on and that Michelle Bachmann claimed caused retardation in last year’s GOP clown show? Surprise, surprise, it’s working:

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May 18 2013

Them crazy ants!

There’s a new ant threat here in Texas and several other southern states. Good news, they’re not giant atomic ants! But these normal sized ants are said to make fire ants look polite, they’re affectionately nicknamed crazy ants:

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Jan 28 2013

Pristine samples from under-ice lake hit paydirt


Scientists successfully retrieved the first samples from a buried lake in Antarctica today. Initial reports are there’s already some fossil gold in hand:

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