Gene Expression

Archives for April, 2008

Potential for Vitamin D synthesis

From The evolution of human skin coloration, page 12:

Ben Stein is a barbarian?

John Derbyshire has a long column excoriating Ben Stein and the Discovery Institute titled A Blood Libel on Our Civilization:

Why it was best to be white

Margaret Sanger: anti-abortionist?

Over @ Stranger Fruit John Lynch points a section from a paper which recounts the Christian assocation with eugenics: On the whole the evangelical mainstream in the decades following the turn of the century appeared apathetic, acquiescent, or at times downright supportive of the eugenics movement. In this article, I argue that the evangelicals often…

Gene Genie #30

Welcome to the 30th Gene Genie! Indulge in the fascinating world of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine has a “genetics lifestyle” post, Home Improvement For Geneticists. Not quite Tim Allen. Fellow ScienceBlogger Sandra illustrates Mapping polymorphisms in 16S ribosomal RNA. Definitely worth checking out, anyone interested in biology should be down with ribosomes, and rRNA has…

Talk Islam

Just a heads up, I’ve been posting now and then to the quasi-Twitteresque site Talk Islam run by my friend Aziz Poonawalla. I also have a sub-weblog where I’ll be posting some of my longer form ruminations…but it might be best to just sign up for the RSS so you’re notified when I start posting…

If you read this weblog you are aware that I have a fascination with the intersection of human history and human evolutionary genetics. There are many questions I have about the finding from evolutionary genomic studies that light skin evolved at least twice independently in Eurasia within the last 20,000 years or so at the…

Katz

Genetic variation in human NPY expression affects stress response and emotion: Understanding inter-individual differences in stress response requires the explanation of genetic influences at multiple phenotypic levels, including complex behaviours and the metabolic responses of brain regions to emotional stimuli. Neuropeptide Y (NPY) is anxiolytic…and its release is induced by stress…NPY is abundantly expressed in…

No Anglo-Saxon Apartheid?

Is it necessary to assume an apartheid-like social structure in Early Anglo-Saxon England? : It has recently been argued that there was an apartheid-like social structure operating in Early Anglo-Saxon England. This was proposed in order to explain the relatively high degree of similarity between Germanic-speaking areas of northwest Europe and England. Opinions vary as…