Gene Expression

Archives for November, 2007

Mega-storm to hit Bangladesh

Chris Mooney has the details.

I’ve discussed heritability quite a bit on this weblog. Over the past 5 years of blogging on genetic topics this is the #1 issue I’ve been attempting to nail into the heads of readers because it is a concept which is critical in correctly modeling the world around us. It isn’t an idea which is…

NOVA‘s documentary about the Dover Creationism case, Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial, aired tonight. If you don’t have a TV, or missed it and don’t have a TIVO, etc., you can watch it online on the 16th.

Blogwars on the Left & Right

I don’t post much on politics because I really have little value to add. And with my diverse readership in regards to politics I can’t really be throwing posts to the effect of “look at these idiotic conservatives/liberals!!!” and expect to get a bunch of “right on!” comments in response. But I do pay cursory…

Vinay’s bone marrow match

Aetiology has the details on a nice story.

Abortion & blood groups

On page 380 of Population Genetics and Microevolutionary Theory I stumbled onto some interesting data from the 1970s. The paper was Admixture Studies and the Detection of Selection , and its aim was to gage the extent of white ancestry within black populations. They generated a measure, M, for the extent of ancestry across a…

Just a note, as I’ve read most of it now I’m starting to think that Alan Templeton’s Population Genetics and Microevolutionary Theory is an excellent complement to R.A. Fisher’s classic The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection. Fisher’s prose is dense, and sometimes it is a bit much to extract clarity from his somewhat turgid early…

Reader survey

I’m curious about the readers of this weblog as we’ve been queried by the higher ups, but I don’t know much aside from readers whose handles I am familiar with. I’ve set up a small survey with two questions, the first which asks which other science weblogs you read and the second on political orientation.…

So, check out this retarded post at the Huntington Post, Goodbye Selfish-Gene: A New Upheaval in the Science of Human Behavior: Plain talk: The Darwinian prop of the lone cowboy rugged conservative bundle of selfish genes has now been pulled out from under the cowboy and the lone cowboy has suddenly collapsed into a mumbling…

Due to positive mentions from readers and friends I finally got Alan Templeton’s Population Genetics and Microevolutionary Theory. I’ve read a few chapters and skimmed through much of the book, and my current take is that it’s a bit too wordy in the exposition. I’d have preferred that there be more technical boxes and a…