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Archives for July, 2007

Cleaning Up the Browser Window

I’ve got far too many tabs open in my browser window, and I gotta blog them ASAP so that I can clean up the ol’ computer. Here are a few things I’ve been meaning to blog, in list form: Nature Genetics has published an issue devoted to structural variation in genomes. There appears to be…

Mendel’s Garden 16

The sixteenth edition of Mendel’s Garden (the genetics blog carnival) has been posted by Hsien at Eye on DNA. If you’d like to host an upcoming edition of the carnival, you can sign up for the October, November, or December edition by emailing me (evolgen[at]yahoo[dot]com).

Phylogeny Friday – 06 July 2007

This week’s phylogeny takes a look at the green portion of the eukaryotic tree. These are the eukaryotes capable of photosynthesis. Eukaryotes first obtained the ability to perform photosynthesis when a eukaryotic cell absorbed a photosynthetic cyanobacterium. This was followed by a few subsequent horizontal transmissions of the endosymbiont between unrelated eukaryotic lineages. Although eukaryotic…

Evolution Education

Last month’s issue of Evolution (aka Evolution Int J Org Evolution, aka Evolution (Lawrence Kansas), aka some other confusing way of referring to the journal published by the Society for the Study of Evolution) contains two articles on teaching evolution. The first is on creating museum exhibitions to showcase evolutionary biology. The article focuses on…

Whither Adaptation?

In a post at the Panda’s Thumb, Ian Musgrave cites this paper by Bakewell et al claiming that 154 genes out of 13,888 surveyed show evidence for adaptive evolution in humans since the divergence with chimps (this is the “chimps more evolved than humans” paper). Ian brings this up in a discussion of Haldane’s dilemma…

Gene Genie #10 & Mendel’s Garden #16

The tenth edition of Gene Genie has been posted at Genomicron. Given that TR Gregory is an evolutionary geneticist based in Canada, one is left to wonder why he didn’t attend the SMBE meeting. I know Larry Moran was at his daughter’s wedding, but what was Gregory’s excuse? Also, the next edition of Mendel’s Garden…

What is a Gene?

It’s not entirely obvious at first, but this article in the New York Times is about the problems with gene patents in a world where one gene does not equal one protein. Now, we’ve known that this model isn’t entirely correct, what with alternative splicing and all. Additionally, the human genome also contains many “genes”…