Gene Expression

Archives for February, 2008

Bee evolutionary genetics

John Hawks has commentary on a new paper, A genome-wide signature of positive selection in ancient and recent invasive expansions of the honey bee Apis mellifera. John’s point is that evolutionary dynamics are evolutionary dynamics. I’m sure as a species which spans multiple continents and all the latitudes and longitudes we might be able to…

The two streams of American irreligiosity

Despite the fact that the mainstream media likes to write a lot of stories how religious revival in the United States one of the great unreported facts of the last 15 years is the rise of the proportion of Americans who are not affiliating with any religion. The reason this isn’t reported much is that…

F*cking Ben Affleck

Well, sort of. I’m reading Henry Kamen’s Empire: How Spain Became a World Power. Kamen is no Charles C. Mann, his story isn’t 1491. For him the conquest of the Aztecs and Incas were haphazard affairs driven more by entrepreneurial intent than religious zeal or Spanish patriotism; his lens is that of social and economic…

Why brown people are midgets

I’m 5 feet 8 inches tall. 1.73 meters. In the United States that’s somewhat on the short side, most of the charts suggest I’m around the 30th percentile for white men. Of course, I’m not white. In any case, though I’m on the short side for the typical American male, I’m a giant in my…

…yes, true. On a typical single locus (on some loci, such as SLC24A5, most of the variation is between groups). But that doesn’t mean that you can’t use genetics to differentiate population clusters. Here are 938 individuals (the points) from 51 world populations (the color of the points) displayed on a figure with the two…

Shadows of the past in genes

A new paper came out in Science this week, Worldwide Human Relationships Inferred from Genome-Wide Patterns of Variation, that’s getting some media play. The second-to-last author is L. L. Cavalli-Sforza, and the general combination of means and ends on display in The History and Geography of Human Genes, is all over it. From the introduction:…

In my post below, Pentecostals are stupid? Unitarians are smart?, I derived some conclusions from data which suggests that different religious groups in the United States have different IQs and/or academic aptitudes. The data are not particularly surprising, as some noted the class biases of American Protestantism have long been observed, and class usually has…

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