Gene Expression

Archives for November, 2006

How has your post-T-day been if you are a citizen of the Greatest Nation in the World?TM Wow, I woke up this morning to a flare up in the Ed vs. PZ battle here on SB and elsewhere. Bora has the most most thorough round up of links, which can be reduced to theistic-evolutionists-are-sell-outs vs.…

Friends with unbelievers?

Does Islam Forbid Befriending Non-Muslims?. It is obvious that Jews patronize the Jews and Christians patronize the Christians, so why not Muslims patronize Muslims and support their own people. This verse is not telling us to be against Jews or Christians, but it is telling us that we should take care of our own people…

Ass-kicking is stochastic

Via Kambiz I found this post which argues that the high-protein diet of the Mongols was important in allowing them to defeat their enemies, who were relatively nutritionally deficient. Perhaps. But history isn’t that simple, after all, if “more meat = more ass-kicking,” you wouldn’t have predicated that the grain-fed Roman soldiers would be able…

Colored folk – we ain’t all the same

Shelley Batts has a post, Whites-Only Scholarship as “Reverse Affirmative Action”. Shelley sayeth: …In order to ensure that universities, and students, benefit from a diverse education, often pro-active techniques are utilized to recruit minorities. When the race war comes all of us colored folk will be marked by our skin or our countenance as The…

Copy number variation in genes

A new paper in Nature, Global variation in copy number in the human genome, suggests that it isn’t just SNPs that matter in regards to human variation. Those of you who are “in the know” aren’t surprised, so this press release is a bit much. Along with a focus on gene regulation, this is a…

The Messiah on In Our Time

The Messiah will be on In Our Time to discuss the evolutionary origins of altruism. They are pretty good about getting the archive up in a day or so. Interesting that they illustrate the idea with Mr. a priori Kant, or am I being pretentious and misunderstanding Kant? I simply suspect that Dawkins will argue…

Genes & culture & milk

Gene-culture coevolution is a topic of interest for me. Consider adult milk digestion. It’s weird, and seems like a new adaptation. The lactase gene has been under such strong selection that it is often used (or the region around it) as a control to test whether new methods for detecting selection actually work where we…

Ethical stem cells, II

Nick Anthis, he of the fake British accent, has a follow up post on “ethical stem cells.”

Mormons in The Corner

David points out that they are talking about Mormons in The Corner today relating to Mitt Romney. Jonah thinks that the Mormon thing might help An evangelical who is married to a Mormon thinks that it isn’t a big issue Anti-Mormon readers weigh in A Mormon comments on the anti-Mormons Mormonism is a falsifiable cult…

Four Stone Hearth III

More people related science.