Gene Expression

Archives for October, 2006

Vote early and vote often for Shelley Batts. Shelley makes her pitch here. Shelley is a hard working graduate student with moral fiber. Q: Is it permissable for believers to aid a kuffar in amassing riches? A: It is permissable if the kuffar adds to the body of knowledge so that the believers may benefit.…

Introgression redux

I was going to continue with my review of chapter 5 of Evolutionary Genetics: Concepts & Case Studies today, but time does not permit. This section was to focus on the orgination of advantageous mutations from the stochastic cauldron of generation 1 (which, as we’ve seen exhibits a 1/3 probability of immediate extinction in th…

Promiscuous Girl

O believers! If kuffar flesh is beauteous it is permissable for the faithful to partake of it without nikah…. Q: Is a beauteous kuffar female permissable or unclean? A: Lo! A beauteous kuffar female is both permissable and unclean! If the kuffar women entreat the believers, let it be known that that the faithful are…

My friend John Derbyshire chronicles his spiritual devolution over the past few years….

Heterogeneous Genomic Molecular Clocks in Primates: The rate at which mutations accumulate in a genome, referred as a “molecular clock,” is an instrumental tool in molecular evolution and phylogenetics. Different types of mutations occur via distinctive molecular pathways. In particular, while most mutations occur from errors in DNA replication, spontaneous deamination of methylated CpG dinucleotides…

You only go extinct once….

Assume that you have a new mutation, totally novel. What’s its probability of going extinct in one generation? That is, it doesn’t get passed on…. Consider, you have a population of N individuals. Fix the population size across nonoverlapping generations. So, in generation t you have N individuals and in t + 1 you have…

True unbeliever

The Washington Post has a fun profile of Sam Harris. This part cracked me up: “If the Koran were exactly the same,” he said, toward the end of the night, “and there were just one line added to it, and the line said, ‘If you see a red-haired woman on your lawn at sunset, kill…

Ask a ScienceBlogger – Underfunded?

This week’s Ask a ScienceBlogger: What’s the most underfunded scientific field that shouldn’t be underfunded?… I’ll say old fashioned biological anthropology. There’s a reason that a pall was cast over thsi field after World War II, but we need to start pushing an analysis of man the animal on all levels again, as the post-genomic…

Godless professors?

There is a working paper out which reports on the nature of the religiousness of the professoriate. Some data of interest…. * Proportion of professors with “No religion” – 31% (vs. ~10% for the general public) “I don’t believe in God” – 10% (vs. 2.8% for the general public) “I don’t know whether there is…

Kat