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Try this line in a bar this weekend:

It’s not very funny, but it’s about a topic that comes up around here often (groans…). That said, this is something you’d expect to see over at Genomicron, not evolgen. In fact, the guy looks a bit like a young TR Gregory. For the full strip, go here.

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…

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…

Genetics Links

There are two recent genetics related posts on other blogs that evolgen readers might find interesting: First, check out Query Gene (via ScienceRoll). This web-ap allows you to couple a nucleotide blast search with a Google search for a term related to your blast query. Here is how the creators describe it: Query Gene is…

Not all animals must have sex with another individual to produce perfectly viable offspring. And neither do humans, thanks to technological breakthroughs in artificial insemination. But what about those critters that do not require masturbation and meat basters to produce babies sans contact with another individual? Remarkably, this is quite common in the animal kingdom,…

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…

Mendel’s Garden #18

Mendel’s Garden is the original blog carnival devoted to genetics. A new carnival is traditionally posted on the first Sunday of the month (although the date is somewhat flexible). The newest edition of Mendel’s Garden has been posted at balancing life. Sandy at Discovering Biology in a Digital World will be hosting the next edition.…

I’d be remiss to not mention this paper from Hopi Hoekstra’s group after I previously discussed the anti-evo-devo paper she wrote with Jerry Coyne. The premise of the paper from Hoekstra and Coyne is that Sean Carroll overplays the importance of cis-regulatory changes in the evolution of form. Well, Hoekstra and colleagues mapped the genes…

Language Log is Stealing My Business

Mark Liberman at Language Log has been posting on genetics recently. A couple of days ago he tried to track down the origins of the components of the gene name BTBD9. The letters and numbers in the name stand for complex-tramtrack-bric-a-brac-domain 9, which are hijacked from Drosophila nomenclature. Liberman then tries to figure out the…

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…