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From SCONC: Tuesday, March 24 6:30-8:30 pm Science Cafe, Raleigh: Gene-Environment Interactions EPA statistician and geneticist David Reif discusses the interplay between our genes and the environment. What does our shared evolutionary history have to do with common, complex diseases? How might genetics shape differential susceptibility to the multitude of chemicals–both manufactured and natural–present in…

Meetings I’d like to go to….Part V

Genetic Manipulation of Pest Species: Ecological and Social Challenges: In the past 10 years major advances have been made in our ability to build transgenic pest strains that are conditionally sterile, harbor selfish genetic elements, and express anti-pathogen genes. Strategies are being developed that involve release into the environment of transgenic pest strains with such…

Humanity’s Path (video)

This shows how waves of humans spread throughout the world from their origins in Africa over a period of some 50,000 years. The video was created by geneticist Daniel Falush of University College Cork in Ireland and colleagues. For more info, go here: http://www.plosgenetics.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pgen.1000078 Soundtrack courtesy of Garageband

There is an utterly confusing press release out today – Australian First: Kangaroo Genome Mapped: Australian researchers are launching the world first detailed map of the kangaroo genome, completing the first phase of the kangaroo genomics project. Why is it confusing? Because we are used to seeing press officers and media botch the terms. They…

As a follow-up to the yesterday’s press release, Dr. Manzoor Bhat and Joseph Piven, M.D., researchers at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill who use the Drosophila model system to study neurexin and its implications in the development of autism, have now released the video response – well worth watching:

The October issue of the Journal of Biological Rhythms came in late last week – the only scientific journal I get in hard-copy these days. Along with several other interesting articles, one that immediately drew my attention was Clock Gene Wikis Available: Join the ‘Long Tail’ by John B. Hogenesch and Andrew I. Su (J…

How to BLAST Sarah Palin

Jonathan describes, step by step. I wonder if there are any palindromic sequences to be found?

Light-Responsive genes in rice

Friendly blogger Pamela Roland, the author of Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food which I am reading right now (and which was recently reviewed in PLoS Biology), has just had a paper published in PLoS Genetics: Identification and Functional Analysis of Light-Responsive Unique Genes and Gene Family Members in Rice Rice,…

On Tuesday night, when I posted my personal picks from this week’s crop of articles published in PLoS ONE, I omitted (due to a technical glitch on the site), to point out that a blog-friend of mine John Logsdon published his first PLoS ONE paper on that day: It’s a updated and detailed report on…

Since this article came out in The American Scientist (the only pop-sci magazine that IMHO has not gone downhill in quality over the past decade) in early 1999 (you can read the entire thing here (pdf)) I have read it many times, I used it in teaching, I discussed it in Journal Clubs, and it…