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Archives for November, 2007

Liveblogging a PLoS ONE Article

PLoS ONE has recently published a paper entitled “Beyond the Gene” by Evelyn Fox Keller and David Harel, in which the authors take a stab at the long standing question: What is a Gene? Because this is such a big picture question, the appropriate discussion of the paper would involve a synthesis of what they…

Are You Looking for an Academic Job in Biology?

John Hawks linked to a wiki with information on cultural anthropology job searches. If you poke around the website, you’ll find a list of such wikis for many different academic disciplines. Of interest to evolgen are the Biology Jobs Wiki and the Ecology/Evolution Jobs Wiki. If you’re currently on the job market, consider contributing information…

Sequencing, Mapping, and Chips!

I came across two press releases yesterday, entitled: Entire Yeast Genome Sequenced and University of Toronto scientists map entire yeast genome Upon reading the first, I thought, hasn’t the entire genome of Saccharomyces cerevisiae already been sequenced? And haven’t other yeast genomes been sequenced as well? What in the world could they be referring to?…

3QD Hates Me. They really hate me!!

In a list of the most overrated things, we’re the Churchills of popular science: Popular science: ScienceBlogs. Politics gets more hits than science, so ScienceBlogs recruits screamers rather than interesting popularizers or important scientists. More here.

Is Auburn the new Birmingham?

So, I missed the three year anniversary of evolgen (it was last Wednesday for those of you keeping score). What does that have to do with police dogs and civil rights protesters in Alabama in the 1960s? Absolutely nothing. But I’m combining two unrelated topics into a single post — neither of which have anything…

Of Geese and Ganders

Brian at Laelaps has written a post entitled “What’s good for the gander isn’t always good for the goose“, in which he describes some examples of sexual dimorphism in charismatic vertebrates. Studying the phenotypes of these traits is interesting, but what’s happening on the genomic level? That is, how do differences between males and females…

The Condition My Condition is In

I hate vanity posts — who the fuck outside my mom cares how I’m doing, and she don’t read this — but I feel somewhat obliged to explain the lack of activity on this unread blog. This is especially important in case my Seed overlords stop by and notice a stark absence of any recent…

Is it just me or does every analysis that looks for over-represented gene ontology (GO) terms turn up transcription factors? It doesn’t matter if the study is looking for genes under positive selection or something else. It just seems like transcription factors are enriched in every dataset.

Biology Department Scavenger Hunt!!

Chad asked a fun question last week, and I just got around to finding it yesterday: What items should be on the list for a scavenger hunt through an academic physics department? Let’s now ask: what items should be on a list for a scavenger hunt through a biology department? Taking some hints from Chad…

Make that 12 Drosophila Genomes

What happens when I mention a paper describing two more Drosophila genomes? Well, I get a comment telling me that the 12 Genomes Papers have gone live over at Nature. They have provided a nifty 12 Genomes Portal for us to navigate the articles published by Nature based on data from the 12 Genomes Project.…