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In Vino (Genome) Veritas

A group of researchers from France and Italy have sequenced the genome of the finest grape varietal, Pinot Noir. The genome has hallmarks of ancient triploidization, shared by other dicotyledons, but there is no evidence for recent polyploidization. That meant sequencing and assembling this genome is easier than doing so for other agricultural plants that…

Drunk Doggy

Two unemployed stem cell researchers have performed a pilot study indicating that the chief researcher’s dog likes beer (reported here). They noticed that erratic behavior tended to increase with beer consumption, but his tolerance did increase over the course of the experiment. The dog also preferred certain beers over others, although the researchers did not…

This post is part of a series documenting Professor Steve Steve‘s recent visit to Philadelphia for the Drosophila Research Conference (aka, the Fly Meeting). In the previous two installments of Steve Steve in Philly, we finally managed to meet up despite the best efforts of the staff at the Marriott to prevent our rendezvous, and…

Ben wants a house band, but he doesn’t think it should be Phish. I agree. Phish sucks. A good house band should accompany a night of drinking. Let’s just say Phish is the appropriate accompaniment for a mind altering substance not called alcohol. So who should be the ScienceBlogs house band? As much as I…

An Informal Poll: Coffee Drinkers

If it weren’t for coffee, much of the research that gets done today wouldn’t get done. Or so I am led to believe based on the reverence people seem to have for the sacred bean. Frankly, I’d trade a cup of coffee for a good night’s sleep. Hell, I’d trade a cup of coffee for…

Salty Beer

The Disgruntled Chemist was in Minnesota last week. He went out to a few local bars, and wrote about his encounters. Check out this one where met a girl who had martini olives in her beer. She claimed the olives were a substitute for the salt she normally put in her beer. Yeah, salt. SALT!…

No More Napa Valley Wines?

This week’s Ask A Science Blogger deals with global warming and wine production: I heard that within 15 years, global warming will have made Napa County too hot to grow good wine grapes. Is that true? What other changes are we going to see during our lifetimes because of global warming?… I am not a…

Better Wine Through Science

Humans have been genetically engineering agricultural crops ever since plants were domesticated. Notice the difference between maize and teosinte. Or how about what we have done to create modern wheat. By either imposing an artificial selection pressure on a few important loci (in the case of maize) or encouraging larger, polyploid individuals (wheat), we have…

Drink Up and Pee Freely

This one goes out to all the kids who don’t drink. By kids, of course, I mean our wonderful readers — spoken to in a condescending manner — not minors. I would never encourage minors to drink. That’s illegal, and everything that is illegal is bad. Real bad. A paper in the pipeline at Cancer…

A poll of 1,200 undergrads at 100 colleges in the United States found that 73% of the students think iPods are “in”. One tenth of all old people know that “in” means “hip”. Half of all old people think “hip” means “the thing I just got replaced”. Drinking beer and stalking Facebook tied for second…