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Archives for March, 2006

Our plan to have the House Budget Committee approve an amendment to increase the NIH budget failed. Our next chance to ensure the NIH budget is increased will occur on the House floor. If you have yet to contact your US Representative about supporting life-sciences research, please do so by visiting this site. The following…

Double Entendre Friday – 31 March 2006

Help! I need some more double entendres. Help! Not just any double entendres. Help! You know I need some biology double entendres. When I first proposed this wacky idea I figured I’d add funny biology terms to my list as the weeks went by. Well, I exhausted my original list quite rapidly, and now I’m…

Activism for Activism’s Sake

The Coalition Against Biopiracy has announced their winners for the 2006 Captain Hook Awards for Biopiracy, and they’re a hoot. We already knew that Darwin was a pirate, but now we learn that so are Craig Venter and Google. What are their crimes? Venter is accused of being the “Greediest Biopirate”, and Google is accused…

As I mentioned previously, the Senate passed the Specter-Harkin Amendment. The House of Representatives is our next target to ensure the Bush’s anti-science budget is improved upon. The Genetics Society of America has done an excellent job keeping its members up to date on these political goings on. I have included the most recent request…

Junk DNA Redux

My little screed on junk DNA elicited some good feedback, including a comment from Dan Graur. In a somewhat ill-thought out rant, I implied that anyone who uses the term ‘junk DNA’ should be ostracized from the scientific community (or something along those lines). I restated my opinion in a far more diplomatic manner in…

My Blog Don’t Own Me

Alright, already! I took the quiz. 12.5% is like the equivalent of one leg, right? That’s not too bad. 12.5 % My weblog owns 12.5 % of me.Does your weblog own you?

Double Entendre Friday – 24 March 2006

I’m running out of good biology related double entendres, and I want to wait a few more weeks before I post those that people suggested in the comments or that I stole from other blogs (don’t worry, I’ll give you mad props if I jones something off you). So, for this week’s evolgen double entendre,…

If You Study Genomics, John Hawks Hates You

The title is, obviously, an overstatement, exaggeration, and blatant misrepresentation. But it gets your attention, don’t it? Anyway, Hawks has been questioning whether genomics is really any different from genetics. In this post, he says something that I’ve been thinking for a while: “Actually, the thing that bothers me about genomics is not the renaming…

A Taxonomy of Evolutionary Geneticists

Alex Palazzo managed to piss off some people with his taxonomy of biomedical disciplines. We have also learned that there are different types of physics geeks and anthropologists. (By the way, don’t ever call me a geek; geeks bite the heads off of chickens. I’m a nerd.) I previously attempted to classify evolutionary biologists and…

Junk DNA is Junk

The term “Junk DNA” is bullshit. There, I said it. The moment I hear someone utter that phrase, I immediately lose respect for him or her. No one whose opinion is worth anything will refer to non-coding DNA as junk. That’s why this article bothers me. The title, “Junk DNA may not be so junky…