Gene Expression

Archives for February, 2008

I haven’t had time to read them, but John Hawks already commented: A flush of papers this week (two today in Nature, one tomorrow in Science) describe new analyses of SNPs across the genome. Two of the papers sample SNPs in global samples numbering more than 500 individuals. …and Yann Klimentidis.

A few days ago I noted that smart people believe in evolution. And stupid people do not. Inductivist looked at the IQ scores in the GSS for whites and this is what he found for various religions: Mean IQ of whites from General Social Survey by religious affiliation Episcopalian 109.9 Lutheran 107.4 Mormon 105.7 Presbyterian…

Smart people believe in evolution

Half Sigma is mining the GSS to try and understand the correlates of acceptance of the fact of evolution. He notes: Of course it’s not surprising that smarter people are more likely to believe in evolution, but the difference is pretty extraordinary. Only 15% of people with Wordsum 10 disbelieve in evolution (although it’s a…

Fertility is complicated….

A week ago I offered my own theory as to why 3rd and 4th cousin pairings in Iceland have been so fertile historically. Now, this from John Hawks, For maximum fertility, marry more than 20 km from your birthplace. John says: This study isn’t orthogonal to the Iceland cousin study, but it adds another element.…

Pushing the Overton Window, inshallah

‘I don’t hate Muslims. I hate Islam,’ says Holland’s rising political star: A TV addict with bleached hair who adores Maggie Thatcher and prefers kebabs to hamburgers, Geert Wilders has got nothing against Muslims. He just hates Islam. Or so he says. ‘Islam is not a religion, it’s an ideology,’ says Wilders, a lanky Roman…

The edge of evolutionary dynamics

When the adaptive acceleration story hit the wires I started wondering if population size wasn’t the only parameter that might have changed in the past 10,000 years. To make it short, perhaps a small-world network model is more much accurate now with the rise of complex societies (the complexity being contingent upon the parasitism of…

For the ethologically inclined

If you enjoyed William D. Hamilton week, I highly recommend Lee Alan Dugtakin’s books. The Imitation Factor is a book length exposition on research which shows how many organisms use socially embedded information in making their decisions; if you want to understand the utility of conformity it’s enlightening. The Altruism Equation consists of seven biographical…

Old Skool

Katz

Cold in your genes?

Very cool paper, Adaptations to Climate in Candidate Genes for Common Metabolic Disorders (Open Access): The human species inhabits a wide geographical range encompassing a diversity of climates, and adaptation to these climates likely played an important role in shaping genetic and phenotypic variation among populations. We hypothesized that spatially varying selective pressures related to…