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Archives for May, 2006

Sex, Drugs, and Science

My advisor once told me that the best way to get your paper into a high profile journal like Science or Nature is to find the biggest of something, the smallest of something, or something that fucks funny. It turns out doing research on drugs doesn’t get you in. No, not those drugs. These drugs.

Good News about the NIH Budget

President Bush’s FY2007 budget included no increase in funding for the NIH. Scientists have been lobbying Congress to amend the budget to at least increase the NIH budget to keep even with inflation. You can follow the story in these posts: Lobbying the Senate Amendment passes in the Senate Lobbying the House of Representatives Amendment…

More Opression of the White Man

Albinos The pigmentally challenged are up in arms over the Da Vinci Code. They say it’s unfair that, once again, an albino portrays a villain on screen: Michael McGowan, an albino who heads the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation, said “The Da Vinci Code” will be the 68th movie since 1960 to feature an…

You Say Hybridization, Hawks Says Hype

John Hawks reads the papers so that I don’t have to. Here is Hawks’s reply to the human-chimp speciation paper I mentioned in the previous post. The basic conclusion that Hawks reaches: Don’t believe the hype. The data analysis in the paper is sound, but the conclusions the authors draw are designed explicitly for the…

Human-Chimp Speciation

Humans and chimps did not undergo a speciation event. Some pair of species (one an ancestor of humans, the other of chimps) speciated. It was thought that this event occurred approximately 6.5-7.4 million years ago, based on fossil evidence. A new paper coming out in the week’s issue of Nature, however, suggests that the speciation…

Publishing, Open Access, and Blogs

PLoS Biology has an article with data that supports the hypothesis that open access articles receive more citations than articles hidden behind a toll (summary available here). The author compared open access and non-open access articles in PNAS, controlling for any confounding variable he could think of. The article is open access, of course, so…

You Are All Part of My Delusion

SEED is asking us the following question: “Will the “human” race be around in 100 years?” Considering: (1) the entire universe is just an artifact of my imagination; (2) when I die everything in the universe (including humans) will disappear; and (3) I doubt that I will live 100 more years. I’d say, “NO, the…

Michael Ashburner

Michael Ashburner has written a book. No, not that book. This one’s a bit smaller, less expensive, and about the sequencing of the Drosophila melanogaster genome. You can read a review of the book here and buy it from here. It’s not The Genome War; Matt Ridley describes it as Ashburner’s “immediate reactions, mostly committed…

The Greatest Educational Film Ever

I remember watching this movie (WARNING: link to a large file) during my sophomore year of college. It now appears that some folks at Kenyon College plan to do a remake. For those of you too lazy to follow the links, the movie depicts protein synthesis using people acting out the roles of mRNA, tRNA,…

Hibernation and Such

Don’t expect much from me in terms of substantial posting. I’m getting prepared for the SMBE meeting, and devoting most of my time to finishing up some data analysis and putting together my talk. If you want to read about some evolutionary genetics research, here are some links: