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Happy birthday, PLoS Genetics!

PLoS Genetics is celebrating its third birthday this month! Let’s see what’s new this week, among else… PLoS Genetics Turns Three: Looking Back, Looking Ahead: PLoS Genetics is three years old this month–a milestone worth celebrating! As we do, and as we recognize all who have helped us reach this point in time, we thought…

Chatting about Epigenetics

Abbie and PZ chat about the recent discoveries in biology, how exciting those discoveries are, and how annoying it is when Creationists try to put a damper on such excitement:

This is very cool – African Bushmeat Expedition is a project which takes high school students to Africa where they both learn the techniques and at the same time do something very useful – track the appearance of wild animal meat in the market: Although illegal wildlife poaching is conducted worldwide, the impact in Africa…

Jim Evans, my friend here at UNC, says Yes, in an interview with NYTimes, and again on NPR’s People’s Pharmacy. He teaches a course on genetics to judges: A lot of judges report that they did prelaw in college because it did not involve science. One of my favorite judges, a brilliant man, is fond…

A cellular riddle

It takes 38 minutes for the E.coli genome to replicate. Yet, E.coli can bo coaxed to divide in a much shorter time: 20 minutes. How is this possible? Larry poses the riddle and provides the solution. The key is that complex biochemical processes are taught sequentially, one by one, because that is how we think…

Yay for Platypus!

The genome of the Platypus has been sequenced: The first analysis of the genome sequence of the duck-billed platypus was published today by an international team of scientists, revealing clues about how genomes were organized during the early evolution of mammals. The research was supported in part by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI),…

Microbial genomics in PLoS

Considering this I am kinda baffled by this. There is tons of microbial metagenomics and genomics in PLoS journals.

Interview with Svante Paabo

Imagine: An Interview with Svante Paabo: Svante Paabo works on the edge of what’s possible. He ignites our imagination, unlocking tightly held secrets in ancient remains. By patiently and meticulously working out techniques to extract genetic information from skin, teeth, bones, and excrement, Paabo has become the leader of the ancient DNA pack. Sloths, cave…

Or, perhaps, the truth is more complicated, as revealed in the comments of that post.

Congratulations to Karen James!

Excitement on science blogs! Karen James of the Beagle Project Blog has just today published a paper in PLoS ONE: Diversity Arrays Technology (DArT) for Pan-Genomic Evolutionary Studies of Non-Model Organisms: Background High-throughput tools for pan-genomic study, especially the DNA microarray platform, have sparked a remarkable increase in data production and enabled a shift in…