Observant readers will have noticed my keen interest
in HIV research. That's because not only is it a bloody terrifying disease, and one which has hit close to home on many occasions, but because the biology is just. so. cool.
It is: HIV does all sorts of things things weren't supposed to be able to do, and keeps rewriting all the rules of virology and even genetics. All this is why this research
is very exciting to me. And I want to read more when it's published properly.
The BBC reports that scientists have isolated a gene
in fish and mice that seems to code for limbs. I can hear the fundies crying already: "next thing you know, people'll be deciding how many *limbs* their kids have! Noooo!" Because I've always wanted a son with four legs and six arms.