Gene Expression

Archives for July, 2007

How bacteria evolve into superbugs: “Bacteria that can mutate fast will quickly adapt to harsh environments containing antibiotics. Our study showed that a high rate of immigration significantly augments the regular process of genetic mutation commonly used to explain the evolution of antibiotic resistance,” said co-author Dr. Andrew Gonzalez, a Canada Research Chair in Biodiversity…

Apostasy on apostasy?

Looks like there might be a recantation of the argument against death for apostasy by the Grand Mufti of Egypt. Abu Aardvark has the details.

Naked Mole rats are inbred

Viral Epizootic reveals inbreeding depression in a habitually inbreeding mammal: Inbreeding is typically detrimental to fitness. However, some animal populations are reported to inbreed without incurring inbreeding depression, ostensibly due to past “purging” of deleterious alleles. Challenging this is the position that purging can, at best, only adapt a population to a particular environment; novel…

If you find the material on this blog of interest, I highly recommend that you subscribe to Jason Malloy’s de facto clipping service: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/gnxpforum/. A far number of the articles I blog about I find via that entry on my RSS….

Bonobos, the “gentle ape”?

Check out a long piece on bonobos in The New Yorker. Now, I’ve read a fair amount of Frans de Waal’s work, and I think the piece is making him out to be a little more PC than he is. Nevertheless, I am a bit disturbed by the fact that hasn’t seen a Bonobo in…

A reflected light from the nations

I was putting off commenting on this, and wondering whether I had any value to add. But a reader pointed me to Noah Feldman’s Orthodox paradox, a piece in The New York Times Magazine where the author, a young Harvard law professor, reflects on his journey from the Modern Orthodox subculture into the wider world.…

Tripoli 6 are free!

Revere has the details.

Update II: John Hawks leaves a comment. Update: Kambiz has much more comment. Were neandertal and modern human cranial differences produced by natural selection or genetic drift?: … Here we use a variety of statistical tests founded on explicit predictions from quantitative- and population-genetic theory to show that genetic drift can explain cranial differences between…

Death to the apostates – NOT (?)

Ali Eteraz points me to the fact that the Grand Mufti of Egypt seems to have offered the opinion that ‘Muslims can choose their own religion’. This is important, because as Wikipedia says: All five major schools of Islamic jurisprudence agree that a sane male apostate must be executed. A female apostate may be put…

Most of you could probably guess that my first post on Harun Yahya was meant to highlight what a joke the whole affair was. You see, making fun of Harun Yahya and his fellow travelers is a guiltless pleasure: you get to be snobby and elitist toward those idiotic moronic knuckle-draggers, and, you feel righteous…