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I Voted . . . Blindly

If you hold on until the end of the post, you’ll see that it’s got science content. But you’ll have to wait until the end. First, here’s how it starts. I had an optometrist appointment at 8am this morning. I could have voted prior to the appointment, but the polling place is in between the…

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…

They are NOT fruit flies

In the recent kerfuffle over Sarah Palin’s disparaging remarks about “fruit fly” research, an important point was missed by the general public, scientists, and even Drosophila geneticists: she wasn’t talking about Drosophila. Now, this point has been clarified by a few people (notably Mike the Mad Biologist), and I think people are starting to get…

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:

Slightly Deleterious in Trans

One of the hot topics in evolutionary biology concerns the relative contributions of protein coding sequence changes and non-coding changes that lead to differences in the expression of protein coding genes. A subset of this debate can be summarized as cis versus trans. Non-coding sequences that regulate gene expression are known as cis regulatory elements…

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…

Adaptationist Junk

The human genome (like all mammalian genomes) is loaded with sequences that don’t perform any known function. And many of these sequences are junk. And it’s not just mammals — many animal genomes are loaded with junk, as are those of other eukaryotes. That’s not to say that some of the sequences of unknown function…

What Post(s) Should I Submit to Open Lab?

Every year, the best science blog posts are collected in a book, the Open Laboratory (here are the 2006 and 2007 editions). Last year’s edition included my cartoon, The Lab Fridge. It wasn’t my best post of the year, but it filled one of the niche categories published in the book. Bora has been soliciting…