The response from plant biologists was a unified “YIKES!”
Colchicine? Really? That’s the stuff we use to wreck biology, or at least give its decedents too many chromosomes.
A recent press release exclaimed the therapeutic effects of this regent in the treatment of COVID19. A clinical trial of 6000 planned individuals was performed in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, multi institutional study. The study was piloted by the Montreal Heart Institute. Other international institutions are also examining its effect in separate clinical trials.
Colchine is derived from the crocus flower, and is best known for its ability to arrest cell division…
You Are Now Enlisted in Helping Science Win the War
In a recent online event, a graphic was posted to introduce the speakers of a COVID19 vaccine panel.
In the first 30 seconds a remotely-controlled cursor festooned the graphic with swastikas and grade-school-quality penis line art. The audio belched forth misogynist filth and racial epithets. The screen was commandeered with a pornographic video. A thought bubble over one the seminar’s presenters was stating, “I hate n — — rs.”
Be disgusted. Understand the climate of thoughtful pandemic science communication in the Zoom Era.
The presentation was arranged by Dr. Miriam…
Your Tax Dollars Were Delivered to Anti-Vaccination Groups that Promote False Information about the Pandemic
In the ultimate flourish of irony, the US government delivered Payroll Protection Program checks totaling over $850,000 to prominent entities that fueled spread of the virus. Notorious silos of disinformation received your tax dollars to buoy up business and web presence that worked in opposition to public health guidelines, and ultimately probably deepened the severity of the pandemic. The information was obtained by U.K. advocacy group Center for Countering Digital Hate, my new favorite U.K. advocacy group.
The website run by Joe Mercola is a…
The WHO Published the Details of the Injected Sequence - Here’s What it Means
“You have no idea what’s in that injection, other than the microchips,” the meme proclaims.
But thanks to great transparency we know exactly what’s in the new Pfizer / BioNTech mRNA vaccine directed against SARS-CoV2. First, no microchips! The following information comes from a release by the World Health Organization. To the average person it probably looks frightening, an injection of jargon. That’s why I’m here to sort it out for you.
What is mRNA?
RNA is a chemical compound very similar to DNA, the master…
Preventing the Preventable is a Question of National Narcissism
There is one message that is sadly not being shared about COVID19 — it is 100% controllable with changes in our personal behavior. A virus is just a tiny collection of infectious chemistry that only spreads when we permit it to spread. This is why testing, tracing, staying home, washing hands, controlling your respiratory aerosols, and keeping distance are critical. We each, control its spread together.
Australia did an excellent job at this and yesterday logged zero new cases. Life there is normal; their businesses can thrive. Hospitals can go back…
Wait just a minute Nobel Prize Committee, slow your roll. The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Drs. Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuel Charpentier for their discovery and application of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, a process that some say is a revolutionary step in agriculture and medicine.
Obviously the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Nobel Prize Committees are paid operatives of Monsanto. As we have been told by the real experts like Joe Mercola and Health Ranger Mike Adams, the lauded technology is dangerous work of mad scientists, triggering tumors and “frying your DNA”. …
Bogus Information is Now the Community Standard but Correcting It is Not
Over a professional academic research science career of almost 35 years I’ve actively opposed the willful dissemination of false information in news, on websites, and in social media. I’ve paid a mighty price for that, personally and professionally. When you call out people on lying to the public, they retaliate, and retaliate hard in bitter, durable ways. Just google me.
Facebook and Twitter are special sewers of false information. While no social media pages or platforms are immune, one Facebook page captured my focus this week. In countering…
The use of ammonium nitrate in explosives is nothing new. It is a potent oxidizing agent that accelerates the combustion of fuels, instantaneously liberating the energy within their bonds. This is how explosives work. The Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 is an example of its devastating potential. A rental vehicle filled with about 4,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate fertilizer prills (1–2 mm soluble beads) treated with diesel fuel (47:1) was detonated in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, destroying the adjacent building and damaging 325 others in a substantial radius of the blast.
Ammonium nitrate is a readily-available…
Biology has Rules, Even if we Choose to Ignore Them
I remember my seventh grade biology class well, especially the day that Mr. Herzing taught us about viruses. “The virus is the borderline of life,” he said.
Viruses are simply self-replicating chemistry. They are a hint of genetic material encased in a molecular shield designed to penetrate host cells and then commandeer its biochemical machinery to make more of itself. They have no metabolism, they don’t eat, rest or mate with other viruses. They are truly the borderline of life, arguably more on the not-alive side of the border.
The joy of producing food for others.
Olivia is a tiny girl, probably somewhere between four and five, that doesn’t really walk from place to place as much as she bounces. Her hair is white-blonde from the sun, she always smiles, and her enthusiasm bubbles over as she sings while she talks.
We met her at a Gainesville, Florida farmers market. My wife Natalia sells the fruits and vegetables she produces there, and Olivia and her parents are regular customers. One day last fall Olivia would fall in love with the cucamelon. …