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Archives for August, 2006

This week’s Ask A ScienceBlogger is about the rainforest: The destruction of the rainforest was a hot-button topic in the early ’90s, but I haven’t heard anything about it in ages. Are the rainforests still being destroyed wholesale? Are they all gone? Is it still important? Is the coffee I drink making it worse, and…

Manatees Invade the Northeast

Once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, but three times is a trend. The manatee in the Hudson River was an accident — the Christopher Columbus of manatees if you will. The manatee in Rhode Island is a coincidence. I blame it on the grad student from our lab who moved to Florida to…

Mr. Thoughts from Kansas, Josh Rosenau, has joined the ScienceBlogs conglomerate operated by Seed Media Group. That gives us two blogs involved in thinking (Wilkins the philosopher has the other one), to go with our three evolution blogs (Evolution Blog, Evolving Thoughts, and evolgen). Josh is a graduate student, working on a PhD in Ecology…

Developmental Genetics Comes to Life

During the early part of the twentieth century, biological research was somewhat disjointed. Naturalists studied organisms and populations in the wild; geneticists were working out the mechanisms of heredity; and other researchers were figuring out how animals develop from a fertilized egg to an adult. One important union occurred when the naturalists and geneticists came…

Mendel’s Garden Call for Submissions

I will be hosting the fifth edition of Mendel’s Garden, the blog carnival devoted to genetics. If you would like to contribute something you have written, either email me (evolgen [at] yahoo [dot] com) or use the Blog Carnival submission page. You may submit entries relating to quantitative genetics, molecular genetics, evolutionary genetics, developmental genetics,…

Francis Collins Joins the Dark Side

Pharyngula tells us that Francis “Human Genome” Collins is scheduled to appear in a TV special entitled Darwin’s Deadly Legacy. You may remember Frank from such stories as humans have stopped evolving. The extremist religious zealots behind the program claim that “Francis Collins, Director of the Human Genome Project will show why evolution is a…

Take a Walk Through Mendels Garden #4

Ask and ye shall receive. The fourth edition of Mendel’s Garden has been posted at the Inoculated Mind. Take a journey through the organic garden.

Bad Article on Genetics Blogging

Nature Reviews Genetics has published a terrible review of genetics blogging. And it’s not just because they don’t link to yours truly. The author links to Alex and Paul Zed, which means she knows about the ScienceBlogs empire network. I guess she didn’t poke around long enough to find evolgen or Gene Expression. Maybe she…

The Exact Opposite of How Religion Works

The Dinos hit the proverbial nail on the proverbial head with this proverbial strip:

What’s in a Name?

I get a kick out of people who share the same name. Whether it be football players with the same name as musical legends or physicists and biologists causing confusion because of their names, I can’t get enough. Thanks to Doc Hawks I can add another name to my list. It’s population geneticist David Begun…