Gene Expression

Archives for May, 2007

Organ donation & brown people

OK, most of you know some genetics. You know that immunological profiles are very diverse, and you know that because of the mathematics of this diversity matches aren’t easy. The problem increases in magnitude when you can not look within your ancestral population because the combinations will tend to draw from the modal alleles within…

In my post Why the gods will never be defeated I made many references to the rise in religiosity concomitant with modernization in South Korean. Here is an article which illustrates what I’m talking about: As recently as 1964, only a little over 3.5 million South Koreans, out of a total population of almost 28.2…

A few weeks ago I posted on how population bottlenecks can convert dominance variance into additive genetic variance. This is important because it is additive genetic variance that is relevant for population level directional selection upon quantitative characters. Now agnostic posts on how epistatic variance can be converted into to additive genetic variance.

Breastfeeding by adults?

Islamic scholar promotes adult breastfeeding: …Izzat Atiyaa had issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, offering his bold suggestion as a way around the prohibition in Islamic religious law against a woman working in private premises with a man who was not her close relative. Breastfeeding, he argued, would create a familial relationship under Islamic law.…

Note: The authors have a website which summarizes their research (via Language Log). Speaking in tones? Blame it on your genes: People who carry particular variants of two genes involved in brain development tend to speak nontonal languages such as English, while those with a different genetic profile are more likely to speak tonal languages…

Seed 2007 Writing Contest

Check out the 2007 writing contest from Seed Magazine. First prize is $2,500.

Yu Hong, round-eyed in China

Kambiz @ Anthropology.net has an excellent review of the case of the Chinese warlord with “European” ancestry.

Evolution & intuition

Chris has a long response to Paul Bloom’s recent argument about intuition & science & education. You can also see Jake Young’s critical take here, as Chris responds in part to some of his issues with the piece.

Eternal recurrence

I’ve been blogging since spring of 2002. I’ve seen ‘em come and go. Interestingly, I’ve noted that three blogs I once followed have sprung back to life after going silent relatively early on in the blosphere’s evolution, Ideofact, Rachel Lucas and Brink Lindsey. It’s all rather strange to see people pop up into the cyberworld…

The dead hand of the law

Want to make analytic philosophy papers the exemplars of lively and clear prose? Just read some articles from The Harvard Law Review. My own personal experience with lawyers is that most of them know the law as well as a heating & cooling engineer knows the temperature systems of the typical modern building. That being…