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Myriad Oral Argument Recordings

The oral arguments in Monday’s Myriad appeal are online here. (Scroll down and look for Association for Molecular [Pathology] v. PTO).

Tomorrow morning, a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will hear arguments in the appeal of Association for Molecular Pathology v. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office – better known as the Myriad gene patent case.* It has the patent and genetic blogospheres in a bit of a tizzy, and the…

PMS Quilt, 2008 hand embroidered and crocheted pantyliners Laurel Roth Yes, that is just what it says it is: a collection of pantyliners embroidered with profanity. One thing is clear about artist Laurel Roth: she is not afraid to make viewers uncomfortable. Her series “Hope Chest” is constructed of hygenic accessories embroidered with “off-kilter reflections…

ScienceBlogGRRRRL Power!

I’m honored to get a brief shout-out today from the awesome Ed Yong in his post on female bloggers. I mention this not to toot my own horn, but to call attention to the amazing number of women blogging about scientific research – something I rarely do anymore at BioE, but which is very important…

Via iO9, a Nature News slideshow of natural history engravings by physician Martin Lister’s teenage daughters, who contributed technically accurate engravings of shells to one of his books, the Historiae Conchyliorum: Historians now believe the pair were the first women to use microscopes to help produce some of their scientific drawings. Anna and Susanna’s place…

Today’s Guardian has a very interesting (though long) article by Richard Holmes, author of The Age of Wonder, about the unsung women of science. In the Guardian piece, Holmes shares some of his research for his forthcoming book, The Lost Women of Victorian Science: [M]y re-examination of the Royal Society archives during this 350th birthday…

An interesting graffito

Seen in Cambridge, MA: it appears to be male and female symbols with radiation symbols inside them. Anyone seen anything like this around?

Computer Engineer Barbie

From a post by Erin Fitzgerald, a DoD Science Policy Fellow who consulted on the design of Mattel’s new “Computer Engineer Barbie:” It might seem silly to get excited about a new Barbie doll. But, to me, she will help reinforce in math-loving little girls that they, like Barbie, can grow up to be computer…

Women have white matter, men have duct tape. Or so implies Louann Brizendine’s latest book, the Male Brain, dissected in this post and comments at Language Log: You may remember the controversy surrounding her previous book, the Female Brain, which (in the UK edition) depicted women’s cerebrums as overstuffed, exploding purses. So for men, this…

Slate asks, “You rarely see women holding management positions in terrorist groups. Is there a glass ceiling for female Islamist terrorists?” Um. . . A. Did you just seriously ask that question? B. Are we supposed to be surprised that Islamist terrorists don’t respect women? C. Are we supposed to be outraged by this blantant…