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Q: What is homologous recombinaltion tiniker?
A: Nobody knows!
Q: So where did it come from?
A: It's verbal diarrhea shit from the mouth of CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson in a March 31 article titled "Vaccines and autism: a new scientific review"
The idea? It doesn't matter, because it's complete horseshit, but it helps to know the premise to see where the mental train not only went off the track, but straight off the logic cliff into Aphasia Ravine. The idea here is that vaccines cause autism... no, not because of thimerosal... no, not immune load... wait, just listen... wait, it's because vaccines have human DNA in them and human DNA causes brain damage.
Whenever you're done laughing, here's the really damning part (as opposed to the mildly damning part):
Why could human DNA potentially cause brain damage? The way Ratajczak explained it to me: "Because it's human DNA and recipients are humans, there's homologous recombinaltion tiniker. That DNA is incorporated into the host DNA. Now it's changed, altered self and body kills it. Where is this most expressed? The neurons of the brain. Now you have body killing the brain cells and it's an ongoing inflammation. It doesn't stop, it continues through the life of that individual."
Q: So what does it mean?
Q: So if those words were used properly...
A: ...'tiniker' isn't a word. Homologous recombination (not 'recombinaltion') is a meaningful phrase, and happens when a mammal creates sperm and eggs. 'Homologous recombination' is a thing that could happen in the brain, in the sense that spontaneous combustion is a thing that could happen in the brain. Getting DNA sequences into the bloodstream, past the blood-brain barrier, and into nuclei is no simple task; there are literally billions of dollars being spent every year trying to get stuff into brain cells. DNA is fragile when not protected in a nucleus; most of the human body is highly inhospitable to DNA. It's a little like trying to carry a Faberge egg on a spoon into a firefight in Fallujah... or, alternately:
Is this an April Fool's joke? No, it was posted a day early. And Attkisson has posted anti-vaccine woo before.
Sadly, the journal article is not available for free perusal, as far as I can tell. Respectful Insolence posted a nice little summary. Needless to say, it doesn't make a very convincing argument that human DNA in vaccines causes autism. (Actually, it doesn't make an argument at all, for that matter.)
We all know that science reporting is shitty in the US right now. But how can a major media source be so negligent of basic fact-checking that they would post something so completely nonsensical?
O'Reilly and ICP courtesy of ERV. Alligator courtesy of yours truly.