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Comment Re:Sponsors? (Score 1) 215

I'd agree with GP that it is pretty obvious that if it can interact with a receptor in one part of your body it could interact with another. That's just chemistry. What isn't obvious at all would be what affect that would have. This is why we look at natural poisons and venoms for medicine: if it is bioactive in one way, then it will likely be bioactive in others.

Comment Re:Something doesn't sound right... (Score 2) 215

I haven't reviewed their data, but sometimes biology works like that. You'll see a buffered response where nothing happens until the buffer is saturated and then effects increase linearly, followed by a plateau where you've saturated the target. You can think of it as sipping alcohol: nothing happens until you have absorbed more than your liver can eliminate per unit time, then you have a linear drunkenness response until you plateau by blacking out and being unable to continue drinking.

Comment Re:"Neural signal diversity" (Score 1) 287

I could be mistaken, but even bereft of any mystical interpretation, it was my understanding that brain scans of monks, nuns, et al from a variety of religions do alter their brain functionality while meditating and praying. I'd always assumed they had figured out how to trigger a 'flow' concentration event.

Comment Re:Big Pharma... (Score 2) 114

An antiviral like this would be more profitable than vaccines that you only need once per strain. This would be more like buying Round Up For Flu than a lifetime protection vaccine. So, this actually has a chance of moving forward without government money. It's the vaccines that are DOA without government backing.

Comment Re:I have always wondered... (Score 1) 114

Oh we never make any antibodies from scratch in the lab, they're raised in lab animal serum by spiking them with the protein you want antibodies against, and purifying them out. In a vertebrate you have all the parallelism of evolution involved in helping make them, which you can't get so easily in vitro. Cartoon version of how it works in your body: you develop B cells. They randomly rearrange their genome where it codes for what antibodies they will make. Cells that react too often kill themselves, as they are (probably) reacting to your own antigens. If this fails you get autoimmune disease. Cells that do not react too often go to your lymph nodes. You are exposed to an antigen. It doesn't kill you before your B cells can react, and the ones that bind antigen from the pathogen reproduce and spread throughout your body. (Or if the antigen was peanuts or tree pollen, you're allergic to it now... constant low dose exposure can eventually make them kill themselves instead). The next time you're exposed to the antigen, the reaction will be faster and stronger since the B cells have proliferated. If this was a pathogen, it means you may not even feel sick or will have a shorter duration of illness. If it was peanuts or bee venom you may die. So... the immune system is very powerful but it is also dumb luck.

Comment Re:The fate of the fibers (Score 1) 433

I would have to imagine it wouldn't be any worse than tumble drying. Get some jeans and do a side by side: wear them in contexts where they won't be heavily soiled, wash and dry one every two times it is worn, and the other wash once a month and air dry it. The difference in wear is pretty noticeable.

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