Gene Expression

Archives for June, 2007

Selection on a quantitative trait

On occasion I’ve decided I’ll quickly review some population genetic concepts. These are really “background assumptions,” but sometimes comments make it clear that they’re not in the “common” background. So to the left you see two normal distributions, assume these are quantitative traits. The x-axis is the trait value, while the y-axis is the frequency…

Agnostic translates an Italian interview with mathematical biologist Martin Nowak. Here are my posts read relating to Nowak’s work. His book Evolutionary Dynamics is one of the best coffee table books for nerds out there (nice sturdy hard cover and glossy pages with helpful charts to navigate the formalism).

Villages 400,000 years ago?

Strange. Rise of man theory ‘out by 400,000 years’. I’m skeptical, not that I know anything in detail about palaeanthropology aside from books and a few advanced courses. In any case: Our earliest ancestors gave up hunter-gathering and took to a settled life up to 400,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to controversial research.…

By now you’ve probably heard/read about the relationship of HIV resistance and hominoid evolutionary genetics. The original paper in Science that started it off is titled Restriction of an Extinct Retrovirus by the Human TRIM5? Antiviral Protein; quite a mouthful. Lucky for us Carl Zimmer has an excellent exposition as well as a background primer,…

I’ve always been ill at ease with the term “Judeo-Christian.” As someone from a Muslim cultural background I was minimally familiar with the tenets and principles of the Islamic religion. As someone who was socialized with both Jews and Christians I was reasonably familiar with the outlines of both faiths. When my teachers wouldrefer to…

Agnostic says that Lonelygirl15 reincarnated as AngryLittleGirl. I haven’t watched any of the other clips, but I found this shit hilarious: She’s like a somewhat less ugly version of real-life Jacqueline Passey. Interestingly, the actress playing AngryLittleGirl is convincing due to her higher level of biological masculinity. She has a fairly masculine jaw-line for an…

Black moving objects – part n

The New York Times has an article up about the trend of young Muslim women donning the niqab in the United Kingdom, the practice of wearing a veil and covering the body with a shapeless shift. The simple narrative is this: Muslim women are reasserting a particular part of their religious tradition which Westerners feel…

From the mouths of babes

Only on YouTube could a Dramatic Chipmunk eventually lead me to the vlog of two teen atheist girls engaging in a promotion of scientism.

Katz

A science of religion

U.S. troops form uneasy alliances in Iraq: Instead, Al Qaeda quickly regained a sanctuary in the province and imposed its extremist interpretation of Islam. U.S. and Iraqi security forces scarcely venture into west Baqubah, where smoking is prohibited, as is the sale of women’s clothing by men. Even placing a cucumber next to a tomato…