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Archives for December, 2006

Creationist Myths

Via this press release I learned about this book: The Top Ten Myths About Evolution. The book deconstructs ten myths that creationists propagate while spreading misinformation. It also gives me an excuse to post cute pictures of furry primates. The official website lists the ten myths: 1) Survival of the Fittest; 2) It’s Just a…

Hawks on Adaptive Introgression

John Hawks, along with Gene Expression regular Greg Cochran, has published a paper (PDF) on adaptive introgression in human evolution. In case the jargon is too much, we’re talking about the caveman gene. Both Greg and John have blogged the paper. Check out what John says about mtDNA: However, there have been a growing number…

Even More Copy Number Polymorphism

Since my last report on Nature‘s copy number polymorphism (CNP) papers, a couple other journals have published studies of human structural polymorphisms: Genome Research has two papers on detecting CNPs using oligonucleotide microarrays. The strategy here is to develop a microarray that contains all the unique regions of the genome (divided into ~20 nucleotide pieces).…

Ecology Blogs

My call for ecology blogs went better than expected. I expected next to nothing, but I got more than nothing — at least enough to consider it further away from nothing than next to it. Anyhow, I have compiled a list of blogs below the fold. They are grouped into those that deal with the…

Are There Any Ecologists in the House?

There are certain scientific disciplines that are well represented in the blogosphere. Bioinformatics comes to mind. As does physics. But these are computer savvy people who probably spend quite a bit of time hooked up to the interwebs. How about scientists that need to get their hands dirty? Like ecologists. Does anyone know of any…

Nonoverlapping Magisteria and Extremism

My university has been hosting panel discussions on science, religion, and teaching. I missed the first installment, which consisted of faculty members from science and humanities departments and a local clergyman. The second discussion was led by four students from a course cross listed in Science and Technology Studies and Philosophy. The topic of this…

The five nurses and one doctor (the Tripoli Six) accused of infecting hundreds of patients with HIV in Libya are awaiting the verdict of their trial, expected to be handed down on December 19. The second trial concluded on November 4 — the original guilty verdict was overturned. I previously mentioned that the molecular evidence…

Circus of the Spineless #15

Circus of the Spineless #15 has been posted at Words & Pictures. Go check out the best invertebrate (cough, paraphyletic taxon, cough) blogging from the past month or so.

A few weeks ago PNAS published a paper on the evolution of snake sex chromosomes. The authors compare snake sex chromosome evolution with that of mammals and birds. Given my passing interest in sex chromosome evolution, I decided to check it out. Snakes use sex chromosomes to determine the sex of their progeny. Sex in…

Lab Mishaps and Stuff

The funniest lab accident? There was the time I spent an entire day trying to make electrophoretic gels using distilled water instead of buffer. The agarose suspended fine in the distilled water, but I couldn’t get it to solidify. I kept remaking the agarose solution and never got anything worthwhile. The next day, I asked…