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Get Your Masatoshi Nei Trading Card

The Penn State Alumni Association has produced trading cards featuring the best and the brightest of the university’s faculty (Pa. trading cards highlight brains, not brawn). The cards are only available at University President Graham Spanier’s tailgate parties on home football weekends. The biologists featured include entomologist Jim Tumlinson and molecular evolution pioneer Masatoshi Nei.…

Seminar Answer Flow Chart

Inspired by the Sarah Palin Debate Flow Chart, here’s the Seminar Answer Flow Chart:

The Evolution & Medicine Review

All good medicine is evidence based — that is, diagnoses and treatments are developed via the scientific method. Oftentimes, evolutionary biology is employed to understand human health and diseases. This is known as evolutionary medicine. Evolutionary medicine is a growing field that takes an interdisciplinary approach toward studying human disease. Tools from population ecology, molecular…

PLoS Genetics has published an interview with Jenny Graves. Graves is one of the leaders in monotreme and marsupial genetics, and has been involved in some of the recent mammalian genome projects, including the platypus genome project (doi:10.1038/nature06936). She is also an expert in the evolution of mammalian sex chromosomes and sex determining genes. However,…

The Phylogenetics of Animal Testing

Phylogeny Friday — 30 May 2008 Research on animals in under attack throughout the world. Animal rights activists not only stage rallies against animal testing, but they also engage in criminal behavior. They vandalize property, sabotage experiments, and terrorize researchers. How can scientists fight back? Michael Conn and James Parker have written book documenting the…

Good-bye Frank!

Francis Collins, head of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), will be stepping down from that position in August. Collins has overseen the sequencing of the human genome, the HapMap project, the ENCODE project, and many other large advances in genomics. The NHGRI has had a major impact in the field of genetics while…

Who said this?

Someone was asked something along these lines by a member of some legislative body: How will your research help protect this country? That someone replied with something like this: It won’t, but it will keep this country worth protecting. The exact wording in those quotes probably differ from what was actually said. This isn’t a…

The Demise of PLoS?

I really like the PLoS journals. Their mission — to make research freely available — is totally awesome. And, on top of that, the journals publish very interesting research. PLoS Biology is a top notch journal, with papers on par with those in Science and Nature. And the specialty journals, like PLoS Genetics and PLoS…

Stuff White ScienceBloggers Like

Apparently, ScienceBlogs is loaded with white people. Hell, the whitest person I know blogs in this very domain. That got me thinking. Sure, we may look white. But are we really white? I mean, really white. So white that we like the stuff white people like.

Things that pissed me off today

I’m easily annoyed. A lot of things piss me off. Here are the things that irked me today: Fake St. Patrick’s Day. A large drinking school schedules Spring Break the same week as St. Patty’s Day, and they do it two years in a row. This pisses off the students because it costs them an…