Gene Expression

Archives for March, 2007

Bonus Kat

If there is one thing that casts a pall over the rise of genomic technology and its applications, it is the eugenics movement. This article highlights a new exhibit which surveys the historical development of this movement. Of course we all know about the abominations of the Nazi regime, but eugenics was a mainstream movement…

Kat

Dienekes has a nice post up on the follies and failures of historical population genetics. As he notes, part of the problem is that people really want to find x instead of !x, and with a statistical science that is really, really, bad.

The games matrices play

As I’ve said before I’ve been reading Martin Nowak’s Evolutionary Dynamics. Nowak is a mathematical biologist, and a lot of his research program deals with game theory, so it isn’t a surprise that several chapters in this book address exclusively game theoretic concepts. In the first chapter to tackle game theory head on Nowak covers…

PLOS One

Over at GNXP Classic Ikwa points to some papers from the PLOS One project, which facilitates public feedback in the peer review process. Ikwa has a full list of papers, but I’ll list the ones that he highlighted as of particular interest: Melanesian mtDNA Complexity Meta-Analysis in Genome-Wide Association Datasets: Strategies and Application in Parkinson…

From PLOS Genetics Identification of the Imprinted KLF14 Transcription Factor Undergoing Human-Specific Accelerated Evolution: Imprinted genes are expressed in a parent-of-origin manner and are located in clusters throughout the genome…By sequence analysis of numerous species, we place the timing of this event after the divergence of Marsupialia, yet prior to the divergence of the Xenarthra…

A few weeks ago I purchased what I have since referred to as a “coffee table book for nerds,” Martin Novak’s Evolutionary Dynamics: Exploring the Equations of Life, a richly illustrated hardcover which is eminently browsable. In keeping with the focus of Nowak’s own researches the chapters in this work are heavy on game theory,…

I have not, I think, made a secret of the fact that I am a “Neville Chamberlain atheist,” at least when set against the jeremiads of P.Z. Myers or Larry Moran. Part of this is due my personal laissez faire orientation when it comes to to falsities in the minds of others. So long as…

Kat