Gene Expression

Archives for April, 2006

There’s a hilarious, and often thoughtful, comment thread over at The American Scene. Ross Douthat is a Roman Catholic, and many of his readers are serious intellectual Christians. So, I am always interested when they object to the bizarre and obviously anthropogenic hocus-pocus of Mormonism. Some snips of interest: dude, mormans are weird. let’s just…

Meow Friday

The lion roars…by the way, in case anyone cared, my evil black cat is only up to three birds this spring. I think the worst is over. Update: More cat below the fold.

The flood of selection rises

Over at John Hawks, Has the dam broken on mtDNA selection?. I don’t know if this matters that much scientifically since non-human phylogeography tends to be more cautious than the field of historical human population genetics, but it matters a lot for the public which has been habituated to a steady stream of mitochondrial data…

HIV and human variation

There is a preprint in the website of The American Journal of Human Genetics titled “Genetic variation in the CCL18 – CCL3 – CCL4 chemokine gene cluster influences HIV-1 transmission and AIDS disease progression.” The title is a mouthful, but the short of it is what we’ve known for a long time, that human genetic…

Native American HLAs, part II

Greg Cochran’s comment below is worth turning into a post: There’s more to it than that. Tribes often have extremely limited HLA variation, contain only a small subset of the variation that you see in a wider set of Amerindians. Whereas in the old world, even little tiny groups with very low gene flow have…

Evolgen says: Let’s focus on two things: the hypothetical deductive method and essential information that you must know to be able to read the science section of a newspaper. Hm. Amen. Sort of. Scientists in many fields needed to be straight-jacketed into the “hypothetico-deductive” model for a reason. I remember a phylogeneticist telling a group…

The First Human

The San Jose Mercury News has a review up of Ann Gibbons’ The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors. It concludes: But too many pieces are still missing from the puzzle — including fossils of the ancestors of our closest relatives, chimpanzees and gorillas — to allow for a clear picture of…

One founding for Native Americans

Earlier this week I hinted that I had a priori genetic reasons for being skeptical of a “two wave” theory for the peopling of the New World. Well, I was going to do some literature searches and slap something together that was meaty, but I don’t have time, so I’ll just offer up an attenuated…

John put up his last thoughts on race, and Evolgen chimed in with his ruminations. First, nice exchange. Quick points….

Check out John Hawks’ commentary on this story about chimpanzees attacking a taxi and killing the driver. Never forget that we are a relatively gracile species.