Gene Expression

Archives for May, 2008

Noam Scheiber points to working paper, SOCIAL DESIRABILITY BIAS IN ESTIMATED SUPPORT FOR A BLACK PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, which attempts to figure out the Bradley Effect by guaging avowed vs. implied support. Mark Blumenthal of Myster Pollster has an interview where one of the authors explains the methodology and touches upon some confusing issues….

Two new pigmentation papers

A Genome-Wide Association Study Identifies Novel Alleles Associated with Hair Color and Skin Pigmentation: It has been a longstanding hypothesis that human pigmentation is tightly regulated by genetic variation. However, very few genes have been identified that contain common genetic variants associated with human pigmentation. We scanned the genome for genetic variants associated with natural…

Will Saletan makes an analogy between cousin marriage and delayed (i.e., 40something) motherhood: If Bittles’ numbers are correct, they substantiate a somewhat embarrassing point made by defenders of cousin marriage. Embarrassing, that is, to all of us good Western folk who turn up our noses at the practice. The British Down’s Syndrome Association has posted…

Tasmanian Tigers are back!

OK, the title is deceptive; but the reality is kind of cool in my opinion (you may not share my normative filter; some people prefer the dead). PLOS One is publishing a paper which takes Tasmanian Tiger genetic material, and re-expresses it in vivo in mice! The reasoning for this is pretty straightforward; there are…

Sex, society and science

Sheril and other science bloggers are talking about the fact that the top 3 in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair are female. I suppose that means we’ll stop talking about gender disparities in science & engineering? Yeah, I doubt it…. At the same time, this just popped into my RSS, The freedom to…

Food, Folks and Fun

Via E. Klein, I found out abut a new show on PBS this fall, Spain…on the Road Again, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Mario Batali, Mark Bittman, and Claudia Bassols. Preview below the fold….

Marrying your cousin in the USA

I was IMing with a friend about inbreeding depression and came across a map which shows the laws regarding cousin marriage in the United States….

Cities of death?

As Deaths Outpace Births, Cities Adjust: This city has passed a grim demographic milestone: More people are dying here than are being born. What demographers call a natural decrease has been occurring for years in tiny rural towns and in some retirement meccas in the South. But the phenomenon is relatively new in metropolitan areas…

Firefox 3.0 release candidate

Firefox 3 release candidate goes public: It’s a public preview of the new Firefox code, available in 45 languages, aimed at developers and early adopters to test out the new features. It has an extensive list of known bugs. … On the performance front, the documentation states that applications such as Google Mail and Zoho…

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