“ERV” blog by Abbie Smith focusing on endogenous retroviruses (microBEnet microbiology blog of the day)

ERV is today’s microBEnet microbiology’s Blog of the Day.  Blogs are taken from list of Microbiology Blogs we have curated at microBEnet.

ERV, though it does not specifically say this anywhere I could find, is short for endogenous retroviruses.  Written by Abbie Smith, ERV pretty consistently focuses on issues relating to endogenous retroviruses, HIV and other retroviruses or the politics of issues such as vaccination.  Recent posts include Building a better GMO virus for Hemophilia B,  Long-term effects of CIA ‘vaccination’ ruse to find Osama bin Laden and CERVs! Crocodile ERVs (not chimpanzee!).  Not a lot about the built environment there but if you want to keep up with information about retroviruses it is a good place to lool.

2 thoughts on ““ERV” blog by Abbie Smith focusing on endogenous retroviruses (microBEnet microbiology blog of the day)

  1. There are only two possibilities to explain the existence of viruses:

    1) they escaped the genome and are derived from transposon-like genetic elements (which cause “evolution” to occur) and should be renamed variation-inducing genetic elements,

    2) they descended from microbes and are in fact degenerate organisms (e.g. Mimi-virus).

    There is no other possibility.

  2. i have an interesting argument: if a robot that is identical to a human need a designer then why not a human if they are identical?

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Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. My lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and I hold appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis (see my lab site here which has more information on lab activities).  In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing and Open Science movements.