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Archives for November, 2006

A Science Laureate

Who would you nominate for Scientist Laureate, if such a position existed? That’s the question they are asking us this week. And everyone is answering E.O. Wilson. This, of course, comes with the caveat that if Carl Sagan were alive today, he’d be the obvious choice. If we can’t get Carl Sagan, why not go…

Tangled Bank #67

The sixty seventh edition of the Tangled Bank has been posted at Newton’s Binomium. It’s a Thanksgiving edition, so go give thanks for some good science blogging.

Keep Your Gloved Hand Away From Me

I’ve got another pet-peeve-itch to scratch, so I’m picking up a tall glass of haterade. I’m walking down the stairwell in my building, and I encounter someone heading upstairs carrying a styrofoam container (I can’t tell what’s in it, but it’s probably filled with ice and something worth keeping cold). We approach the door to…

Michael Ashburner on Open Access

The new issue of Current Biology contains an interview with Drosophila geneticist Michael Ashburner. Here’s a quote from the article: Scientists should realize that if they submit to journals — like those published by Elsevier, Springer, Kluwer, Wiley and the like — then their work will be less accessible and not as widely read as…

Gay Drosophila Fighting

John Hawks reports that the gene that, when mutated, can turn male flies gay and females into lesbians can also make boy flies fight like girls and vice-versa. This research will be published in an upcoming edition of Nature Neuroscience. And be sure to check out the videos from the fruit fly Drosophila Fight Club.

Two Years Ago Today . . .

Two years ago today (November 21, 2004 at 11:23 AM) I launched evolgen in its original incarnation. The first post, entitled “First Post”, celebrated the occasion: This is the first post to the evolgen blog. Not much to say other than there is more to come (hopefully). The first evolutionary genetics post didn’t happen until…

When we were asked what the best science TV show is, a couple of people answered Mythbusters. It turns out it’s not a science show. Here’s how Jamie Hyneman, one of the shows creators, describes it: Mr. Hyneman, however, insists that he and the “Mythbusters” team “don’t have any pretense of teaching science . .…

The Meaning of Adaptive Landscapes

Massimo Pigliucci and Jonathan Kaplan have written a book on evolutionary theory. Check out Massimo’s description on his blog. But it’s not all masturbatory philosophy — these guys understand the science. Here’s Massimo describing their treatment of adaptive landscapes:

The Discovery Institute‘s Evolution News and Views blog neither reports news on evolution nor offers interesting views. One of their bloggers, Casey Luskin, is notorious for misunderstanding and misrepresenting science — which is par for the course at the Disco. Casey recently decided to attack a piece published in National Geographic on the evolution of…

An Evolutionary/Ecological Model of Cancer Cells

One of the potentially most interesting, yet untapped, area of study in population biology is that of intra-individual variation. One thing we do know, however, is that this variation can contribute to cancers. When cells accumulate mutations, some of these cell lines become cancer cells due to changes to genes involved in regulating the cell…