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The Canadian research organization Genome BC has unveiled a science education website, Genomics Education. One of the features of the website is Floyd the Fruit Fly, who, we can only presume, is some sort of cartoon drosophilid. Or maybe he’s a tephritid, but I highly doubt it. When you hear “fruit fly” and “genetics”, you…

Is it Time for the Gibbs Number?

Paul Erdos was an extremely prolific and mobile mathematician who has left a legacy in academia in the form of the Erdos Number — a count of your “academic distance” from Erdos. Anyone who published a paper with Erdos has an Erdos number of one (Erdos, himself, had a number of zero), people who published…

Have you heard of the Encylopedia of Life? If not, get out from under the rock, dude. Seriously. The hype machine has been going at full steam. This is supposed to be a database of all known species of organisms on earth. It’s the incarnation of E.O. Wilson’s call for a database of all species.…

Internet Odds and Ends

Rick at My Biotech Life is organizing all the genetics feeds into a single Feedburner feed. The DNA Network is a collection of feeds from sites that blog on genetics. You can subscribe to the DNA Network Feed to get the web’s best genetics content delivered to your newsreader. If you would like to join…

The Lab Fridge

Nothing captures life in the academic sciences quite like Piled Higher and Deeper. In yesterday’s comic, Jorge Cham shows us the disgusting innards of the lab/office fridge. Now, Jorge is a physicist engineer, so his fridge is the one where you’re supposed to store your food and drinks. When a biologist thinks of a lab…

The Future of Genome Sequencing

For the past decade, when a research community wanted to sequence the genome of their favorite species, they submitted a white paper to the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). Despite its name, the NHGRI funds genome sequencing projects of not only non-human mammals, but also non-mammalian animals and even non-animals (see here for a…

Mendel’s Garden #14

Trevor has posted the newest edition of Mendel’s Garden at Epigenetics News. Go check out the best genetics blogging of the past month. Also, we need hosts for the upcoming editions. If you’d like to host the June, July, or August editions, please email me (see the contact tab at the evolgen webpage) or visit…

Raise your hand…

…if you don’t believe in evolution.

Stuff and Things

Here’s some interesting science: A commonly used medicinal leach may have been misidentified as the wrong species. Here is a description of the Human Variome Project, which seems more focused on mapping disease genes than doing cool population genetics. That’s too bad. Science has an article on the benefits of undergraduate research. The most important…

Sorry, dude, but it has to be said. In a feature from the March issue of Seed Magazine (one that doesn’t appear to be available online), Jonah Lehrer profiles six young scientists dubbed “The Truth Seekers”. In his description of Pardis Sabeti, Jonah makes the common error of conflating evolution with natural selection. Sabeti has…