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A team of researchers at the Temple University School of Medicine led by Dr. Kamel Khalili and Dr. Wenhui Hu, have successfully designed a way to “snip” HIV-1 genes from human cells, leaving the cells completely HIV free! 

From the Temple University School of Medicine:

In a study published July 21 by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Khalili and colleagues detail how they created molecular tools to delete the HIV-1 proviral DNA. When deployed, a combination of a DNA-snipping enzyme called a nuclease and a targeting strand of RNA called a guide RNA (gRNA) hunt down the viral genome and excise the HIV-1 DNA. From there, the cell’s gene repair machinery takes over, soldering the loose ends of the genome back together – resulting in virus-free cells.

"Since HIV-1 is never cleared by the immune system, removal of the virus is required in order to cure the disease," said Dr. Khalili, whose research focuses on the neuropathogenesis of viral infections. The same technique could theoretically be used against a variety of viruses, he said.

The research shows that these molecular tools also hold promise as a therapeutic vaccine; cells armed with the nuclease-RNA combination proved impervious to HIV infection.

Dr. Khalili went on to explain the challenges that remain:

The HIV-1 eradication approach faces several significant challenges before the technique is ready for patients, Dr. Khalili said. The researchers must devise a method to deliver the therapeutic agent to every single infected cell. Finally, because HIV-1 is prone to mutations, treatment may need to be individualized for each patient’s unique viral sequences.

"We are working on a number of strategies so we can take the construct into preclinical studies," Dr. Khalili said. "We want to eradicate every single copy of HIV-1 from the patient. That will cure AIDS. I think this technology is the way we can do it."

Exciting progress!

Hopefully Dr. Khalili and Dr. Hu will have the appropriate resources to continue making the breakthroughs that can lead to a cure for HIV and AIDS

(H/T: Towleroad)

Wonderful news!!

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Matt Barr says his character is going to get all up in Ichabod’s ass this season. So happy to hear this. Ichy needs to be taken down a peg or two and Abbie needs a man who is 100% on her side. I would have preferred Luke, but I’ll take this pretty boy instead.

Can you say Slash? I swear. All those who were desperate for a male pairing so as to eliminate the females, just got fed their fantasy.

On the amusing side, I cannot wait to see their dynamic because the contrast of natures will be hilarious. I look forward to it, just everyone know that ‘group’ that runs riot over females in general and hate on females will be carrying on like lunatics.


Raspberry Fool | Katie’s Cucina


Raspberry Fool | Katie’s Cucina



fried chicken & waffles

Take me now please.



fried chicken & waffles

Take me now please.


A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in favor of challengers who argue that Obamacare subsidies aren’t actually legal in most states in a decision that could threaten the entire health care law. The Obama administration’s next move it to appeal the decision to the full circuit court which, according to The National Journal, some allies think is more likely to rule in the government’s favor. 

According to the Associated Press, a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-to-1 the Affordable Care Act, as written, only allows premium subsidies in states that built their own exchanges. As we’ve explained in the past, the law reads that premiums shall be provided through exchanges built by the “State,” with the assumption being that most states would create their own exchanges. The government argues that, when several states didn’t create their exchanges, they created one for them (the federal exchange). The group suing the government argues that subsidies were meant to be a reward for creating an exchange, while the feds say it was always the intention of lawmakers that every state have subsidies.

The three judges heard oral arguments on the case back in March, and at the time at least two judges seemed open to the idea of limiting subsidies to just state exchanges. Today’s news just confirms that bad news for Obamacare proponents. 

The good news for millions of low and middle income families using subsidies is that, according to the White House, "premium tax credits will continue, unchanged." And, assuming the government is given a rehearing, the decision will be vacated

But if today’s ruling is upheld, the Urban Institute estimates that 62 percent of the 11.8 million people expected to enroll through the federal exchange through 2016 will lose their Obamacare subsidies. That’s about 7.3 million people.  For many of them, their insurance premiums will qualify them for a hardship exemption: if your premium takes up too much of your income, you’re excused from Obamacare. That will leave a lot of older, sicker people on the exchanges, and premiums will jump up.

And that, of course, is exactly the plan. Like most Obamacare lawsuits, this is about succeeding where House Republicans have failed — permanently crippling the health care law. 

Source: Arit John for The Wire

While none of this surprises me it’s horrible to think that people who want and need affordable healthcare become pawns in the GOP game of doing everything they can by any means that they can to ensure the President fails… SMH.  

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"And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard."

"Why Don’t the Unemployed Get Off Their Couches?" and Eight Other Critical Questions for Americans (via seriouslyamerica)

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"There is something chilling and totalitarian about this insistence that cops have the right to do as they wish without what amounts to public oversight. What is it they fear? After all, the officer who is being videotaped can protect himself by doing one simple thing: his job."

Leonard Pitts Jr (via redcloud)

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