Gene Expression

Archives for June, 2007

Greg Graffin & Will Provine report on the results of the Cornell Evolution Project in The American Scientist. Emerging out ot Graffin’s Ph.D. work it is a survey of prominent evolutionary biologists (see the full list) in regards to their views about religion and science. Their conclusion is: Only 10 percent of the eminent evolutionary…

Lydians & Etruscans

In response to the Etruscan story comments like this keep popping up: The articles in the press keep mentioning the Etruscans coming from Lydia. Lydian was an indo-european language. So, although there may be a linguistic link to Lemnos and a genetic link to Western Asia, there is no obvious link to Lydia and the…

Molecular evolution @ ScienceBlogs

Go read RPM’s post On the Causes of Variation in the Rate of Molecular Evolution.

The post on circumcision certainly got a lot of attention! Google news has been sending me a lot of traffic, so I checked the query out and found this article which ended thus: Ruth Katz, 38, of San Francisco had both her sons circumcised at brises. She and her husband, Michael Rapaport, were astonished when…

…and twins!

Update: John Hawks has more. Male twins reduce fitness of female co-twins in humans: Here we investigate the effects of being gestated with a male co-twin for daughter lifetime reproductive success, and the fitness consequences for mothers of producing mixed-sex twins in preindustrial (1734-1888) Finns. We show that daughters born with a male co-twin have…

Nature Reviews Genetics has a short article titled Sociogenetics: Cheating gets you nowhere (free registration). I was intrigued by the title, “Sociogenetics.” The Chomskysists always talk about how infinitely flexible language is, and in science the proliferation of fields like “biophysical chemistry” are examples of that range. But a close reading this article shows that…

Etruscans – follow up

Update: On my other blog I have a post up addressing skeptics in the archaeological community. A few months ago I posted several times about the Etruscans, the ancient non-Indo-European people of north-central Italy whose provenance has always been a matter of debate. To make it short, genetic data suggests that the ancient Etruscans and…

Perverted queries

Matt at the Behavorial Ecology Blog is asking for the most perverted queries. His is: “cats as sexual partners.” Here are some which have raised my eyebrows:

Recent human evolution in Evolution

Evolutionary geneticist Alan Templeton has an article in Evolution, GENETICS AND RECENT HUMAN EVOLUTION: Starting with “mitochondrial Eve” in 1987, genetics has played an increasingly important role in studies of the last two million years of human evolution. It initially appeared that genetic data resolved the basic models of recent human evolution in favor of…

A few days ago Ross Douthat started a blog-conversation about the rise of secularists as a conscious cultural movement or tribe, and of course there’s been plenty of talk about the new atheism. So I thought it was interesting that fundamentalist Christian pollster George Barna has a new survey out titled Atheists and Agnostics Take…