Gene Expression

Archives for July, 2008

I was curious why an old Genetics and Health post, Twins with Different Skin Color Genes, was sending me many referrals today. Now I know, Two in a Million: Twins Born – One Black, One White: The twin boys, named Ryan and Leo, are the offspring of a mixed-race couple. The mother, Florence, hails from…

Down with Darwinism!

I agree with all the other ScienceBlogs that Olivia Judson is right. Do we talk about Newtonism? Einsteinism? We do talk about Epicureanism, Platonism, Neo-Platonism, Aristotelianism, etc. I think that says it all….

Overplaying “AIDS genes”

Brandom Keim at Wired says Genes Don’t Explain African AIDS Epidemic: Seen in the wrong light, the numbers could present Africa’s AIDS tragedy as a biological inevitability. Several press accounts do exactly that. The New York Times credits the mutation for “explaining why the disease is more common there than expected.” Reuters says it could…

Please read: Follow up post. Genetic Variation Increases HIV Risk In Africans: A genetic variation which evolved to protect people of African descent against malaria has now been shown to increase their susceptibility to HIV infection by up to 40 per cent, according to new research. Conversely, the same variation also appears to prolong survival…

A request

From Chris of Mixing Memory.

There’s a fair amount of evidence for greater social pathology among whites of Southern origin. One of the major issues that Blue State liberals like to point out that is that on metrics of moral turpitude Southern whites stand out; those who promote a narrow and strident conception of ethical behavior are the most likely…

Sizzle: not even bad?

Well, I never thought I’d watch a film with the title, Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy. The “star” of the Sizzle is Randy Oslon, a contributor to Shifting Baselines here at ScienceBlogsTM. In fact, Randy is a major contemporary interpreter of the term shifting baselines. I assume that most readers of ScienceBlogsTM are more familiar…

A profile of E. O. Wilson in The New York Times, Taking a Cue From Ants on Evolution of Humans: Dr. Wilson was not picking a fight when he published “Sociobiology” in 1975, a synthesis of ideas about the evolution of social behavior. He asserted that many human behaviors had a genetic basis, an idea…

Why blogging sucks

Dave Appell at Quark Soup has a jeremiad against blogging up. It’s fine, but I have to add that I was reading Dave’s original blog in early 2002 (the first science blog I ever read), and he would post his frustrations about how crappy it was being a writer and how blogging was unsatisfying. As…

I’ve posted on general scientific literacy broken down by demographic groups in the GSS. I’ve also pointed to data which suggested that the lower scientific literacy of church goers vis-a-vis non-church goers is an due mostly to the influence of Young Earth Creationism. Finally, I put up a post which suggested that Americans aren’t that…