Gene Expression

Archives for March, 2006

Godless perspective

Data from The American Religious Identification Survey is floating around the blogosphere right now. One of the points noted is that the number of Americans who avow “No Religon” has gone from 8.2% to 14.1% of the American population between 1990 and 2001. Now, one meme floating around is conflating this increase with an increase…

Art and the ancients

Dienekes points me to this article, Aurignacian ethno-linguistic geography of Europe revealed by personal ornaments. In case you don’t know, the Aurignacians were the first modern humans in Europe and flourished between 35-20,000 years BP. It isn’t surprising that cultural diversity was a feature of our species at this point, the famous “Great Leap Forward”…

Partisan cognition

Chris of Mixing Memory has an important two part series that explores the recent discussion of cognition by those with partisan viewpoints. As usual he clears up some big confusions, hopefully this will get read/linked across the web.

A review paper worth checking out in Molecular Ecology, Variation within and among species in gene expression: raw material for evolution. The salient bit: We find: (i) microarray-based measures of gene expression are precise given appropriate experimental design; (ii) there is large inter-individual variation, which is composed of a minor nongenetic component and a large…

Well, because sometimes it results in babies born without eyes! Detailed commentary here. Think the title is asinine? Well, the National Society of Genetic Counselors suggests that cultural respect trumps individual and social prudence. In Britain cultural sensitivity has resulted in serious consequences for their Health Service. Man is not an island, he swims in…

South Park Scientology episode

You can watch the whole South Park episode that was never aired on Comedy Central online.

Brad & Angelina update

Just so you know, Brad and Angelina did not get married. What sort of animal signal is this?

Fitness is a bugger!!!

In my post below where I try to synthesize The Superficial and The Causes of Evolution I used the term “fitness.” Well…as Matt McIntosh pointed out the term itself is problematic, and so using it as a reference of any sort is really sketchy. Evolgen has slammed the use of “genetic load”, and I I…

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are classic “beautiful people.” By now you know they are going to have a baby. What sort of child will this be? Handbag.com offers you a projection:   Not half bad. Certainly more traditionally beautiful than the Brit Rock look-alike produced by Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck. Why are Brad…

Bearded ones don’t blow you up….

I often read the weblog Sepia Mutiny, and today there was a post about a pair of men flying while brown. They were pulled off the plane and their bags were sent ahead. It was a big foul up. Now, here is the kicker: the men were wearing “traditional” South Asian clothes and skull caps…