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Archives for October, 2006

Confirming Stereotypes

This video confirms two things I’ve long suspected: nature is really cool and white people can’t dance. Okay, I have independent evidence for the second thing, but check out this little fella’s moves: He really shakes a proverbial tail feather. But like human males, the only reason for this guy to get on the dance…

Smallest. Genome. Ever.

I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again: 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. This paper further supports my point.

Francis Collins’ Morals

We’re not a big fan of Francis Collins around these parts. He’s done some good science and helped lead one of the most important research projects in history. He also has a habit of contradicting or ignoring science when he pontificates on his faith. We don’t dig that. Over at Talk Reason, Gert Korthof takes…

Intro Biology at Football U

Little Lord Sweater Vest teaches photosynthesis at the Ohio State University. Seriously. Watch below: (Via Deadspin.)

Mendel’s Garden #8

Sandy has posted the eight edition of Mendel’s Garden at Discovering Biology in a Digital World. Go read the best genetics blogging from the past couple of weeks. If you have written something about genetics and would like to be included in the next edition of the carnival, you can submit your work here.

Another Nail in the Coffin for mtDNA

The most important nail was hammered in by this article — a symbolic slap across the face to anyone who uses mtDNA, and mtDNA only, to study demography. An upcoming article in BMC Biology lays down another nail: A study published today in the open access journal BMC Biology reveals that fewer than 10% of…

Now Available: The Omeome

Ralf Neumann has interpreted my fascination with -omics as distaste for neologisms: A blogger named “RPM” reacted even more drastically to the methylome-paper on his weblog “evolgen” (http://scienceblogs.com/evolgen) in a post entitled “Yet Another ‘-ome’”. “We can thank Andrew Feinberg for introducing the term methylome, which he defines as ‘a neologism that describes the complete…

What is a Gene?

One of the greatest developments of the post-genomic era has been the refinement of the concept of the ‘gene’. The central dogma states that genes encode RNA transcripts which are translated into the amino acid sequence that makes up a protein. But protein coding genes make up a small fraction of many genomes, so what…

You’re Bustin’ My Balls Nature

Busting my balls, indeed. Check out this headline: Intelligent design gets political Geoff Brumfiel Teaching creationism becomes an election issue in Michigan. Intelligent design didn’t get political in Michigan. Intelligent design is politics. Intelligent design isn’t science; it’s a political movement. And they sure as hell ain’t offering anything new in the philosophy front (Paley…

Empty Criticisms

Don’t worry, this one has nothing to do with mtDNA. There’s been a bit of a hubbub recently in the ScienceBlogs community about science journalism. Sometimes we’re a bit too hard on the journalists. In this week’s issue of Nature, Robert Barton takes the journal to task for their coverage of the Pollard et al…