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Mendel’s Garden is the original genetics blog carnival. The next edition will be hosted by Jeremy at Another Blasted Weblog. If you would like to submit a blog post to be included in the carnival, send an email to Jeremy (jcherfas at mac dot com). The carnival should be posted within the next few days,…

Call for Mendel’s Garden #26 Submissions

The 26th edition of Mendel’s Garden will be hosted by A Free Man on December 7. If you have written a blog post about any topics in Genetics in the past month or so, send a link to Chris (chris[at]afreeman[dot]org) to be included in the carnival. We’re also looking for hosts for upcoming editions. If…

Genes in the Post-Genomic Era

You would think that geneticists would have a good definition of “gene”. After all, genes are what we study. In introductory biology courses, you may have been introduced to the concept of the gene as the unit of heredity. That’s all well and good, but when you begin to study genes at a molecular level…

Mendel’s Garden #25

After a few months off, here’s the return of Mendel’s Garden. Blast from the past: rENNISance woman gives us a post on viral genetics. Figuring out DNA looping with unbelievably advanced technology: Greg Laden reviews a paper on the structure of nucleic acids. In the fly, delayed reproduction also delays aging: Ouroboros describes research on…

I will be hosting the next edition of Mendel’s Garden on Sunday, November 2. If you have written any blog posts about genetics in the past few months, send me a link (evolgen[at]yahoo[dot]com). Also, if you’ve seen any good genetics posts on other people’s blogs, let me know. For those not in the know, Mendel’s…

Mendel’s Garden #25 — Call for Submssions

I will be hosting Mendel’s Garden #25 at evolgen. That’s right: the carnival is back! Mendel’s Garden is the original blog carnival devoted to genetics. Submit your genetics related posts to evolgen[at]yahoo[dot]com. Because Mendel’s Garden has been dormant for the past few months, I’ll be accepting posts written from March through October. So, dig through…

New Gene Makes Flies Less Gay

We all know that Drosophila are the gayest bunch of gays that ever gayed up genetics. This is especially true when you create mutations in fruitless (nee fruity), “the gay gene”. Male flies with mutations in fruitless will try to get it on with other males (e.g., doi:10.1016/S0092-8674(00)81802-4). That’s gay! But fruitless is an old…

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,…

John Hawks has an interesting post on what it means to be human in which he argues that our “human-ness” (humanity?) is our shared evolutionary history. I like it. But Hawks also writes the following: It is our history that connects us to our distant relatives, not our genes. Even with a close relative like…

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…