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Archives for November, 2006

Doc Bushwell Joins the Anti-omics Brigade

Dr. Joan Bushwell (not her real name) has hurled some poo at the -omicists. You know, those people who attach -omics to everything and act like they’ve come up with a brand new research discipline. I imagine them making the “guitar player changing chords” face (go to 1:09 in this video) when they coin a…

Update on Carl Zimmer’s Ford Pinto

Last week I linked to Carl Zimmer’s take down of Casey Luskin. Notice how the text containing the link to Carl’s post says “Casey Luskin”. It’s called a Google bomb — we’re trying to make Carl’s post the number one search result when one enters Casey Luskin as a query in Google. It only works…

If you’re getting near finishing your PhD (within a couple of years or less), check out this article from PLoS Computational Biology. It offers ten suggestions to consider when searching for a post doc. The suggestions are not comp-bio specific, but I’d be interested in hearing if people have other ideas. I’ve definitely been thinking…

Free Virtual Conference

A bunch of grad students at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) are organizing an online symposium in the Life Sciences. They’ve got a list of speakers and you can upload your own presentation. The conference runs from December 4-8, but I’m not sure how exactly this virtual conference works. If you’re interested, check out…

Geneticists as Auto Mechanics

A couple of years ago, one of the rear tail lights went out on my car. I’m kinda handy with tools, so I figured it would be an easy fix. I poked around in the trunk area with my screw driver, removing every screw within spitting distance of the lamp. I tugged on the lamp…

Yo, Dudes, Surf’s Up on this Meme

Everyone’s jumping on this meme, but I’m not gonna do it. Ooops . . . Looks like I just did it. Anyway, blogging’s been light recently. Hopefully I can get my act together and have some posts up later this week. And by “get my act together” I mean procrastinate from doing real work by…

The European Creationism Problem

Remember Maciej Giertych? He’s the Polish representative to the European Parliament who wants creationism taught in schools alongside evolution. And he’s got a degree in tree physiology, but he claims to be a population geneticist. Anyway, his letter to Nature made it seem like Poland has this big problem with creationism. Boy was I mislead.…

There’s an old paradigm in human population genetics that we each differ from each other by less than one percent at the DNA sequence level. While that may be true for our DNA sequences, recent work indicates that there’s also quite a bit of variation amongst individuals in the actual content of their genomes. Such…

The Secretome

Happy Turkey Day!! As a special gift, I give you yet another -ome to spread on your Thanksgiving bird. You see, I’m fascinated by -omics, the idea that you can affix “-ome” to your favorite biological system to prime the hype machine. And what I have for you this time makes me think of the…

Colin Purrington, he of the great textbook disclaimer stickers (and whose website is a treasure trove of information), is looking for some prison statistics: A common theme in anti-evolution writings is that teaching kids about Darwin will cause them to lose all touch with morality, and will end up committing crimes. It might follow that…