Gene Expression

Archives for December, 2006


Brown people are all the same (perhaps)

New paper in PLOS Genetics, Low Levels of Genetic Divergence across Geographically and Linguistically Diverse Populations from India. Here’s the conclusion: Populations from India, and groups from South Asia more generally, form a genetic cluster, so that individuals placed within this cluster are more genetically similar to each other than to individuals outside the cluster.…

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis

Via Genetics and Health, Many Clinics Use Genetic Diagnosis to Choose Sex (on NPR radio feed). Of course, the couple profiled are brown. Related: To breed a better human – we have the technology.

Bruce Lahn, gene thug strikes again

Over at GNXP p-ter posts two profiles from Science on Bruce Lahn.

4 Stone Hearth #5

4 Stone Hearth #5 is up! Via Bora.

My review of The Gecko’s Foot is out in Science & Spirit. I’ll be honest, I’m not happy with the review since I was on a time crunch (I was a back up reviewer and the piece needed to be sent in on a short deadline) & very busy with other things. Nevertheless, the take…

I, coolie

Well, as many of you know I have been criticized quite a bit by some fellow ScienceBloggers (this query will take you where you need to go if you are a virgin to this incident). I haven’t really responded for a few reasons 1) I’ve been very busy with week at work 2) I’ve been…

Top 10 Myths About Evolution

Check out the list (upon which a book is based). Food for thought, some of the “myths” are actually starting points for philosophical debates (e.g., Dawkins vs. Gould).

Firefox gripe

I upgraded to Firefox 2.0 almost immediately, but am feeling user’s remorse. Perhaps 2.0 was a non-trivial improvement over 1.5, but the lack of familiarity with its options and preferences because things were changed (I’m sure there was a UI rationale) really means that I took a short-term step back. Anyway, this is my first…

John Hawks on introgression

The whole post is worth reading, but the money shot: The central point of the paper is exceedingly simple. Haldane demostrated in 1927 that the fixation probability of a single copy of a new adaptive allele is 2s. This means that if archaic humans had any alleles that would have been adaptive for modern humans,…