Gene Expression

Archives for November, 2008

The neuroscience prosopagnosia

A few years ago I blogged about prosopagnosia, “face blindness.” Nature Neuroscience now has a new paper finding some correlates with brain architecture, Reduced structural connectivity in ventral visual cortex in congenital prosopagnosia: Using diffusion tensor imaging and tractography, we found that a disruption in structural connectivity in ventral occipito-temporal cortex may be the neurobiological…

Racial hygiene 2008?

FuturePundit points me to a research paper, Impact of a new national screening policy for Down’s syndrome in Denmark: population based cohort study: Results The number of infants born with Down’s syndrome decreased from 55-65 per year during 2000-4 to 31 in 2005 and 32 in 2006. The total number of chorionic villus samplings and…

ACTN3 sports gene test is a con!

I was waiting for Dan MacArthur to comment on the “ACTN3 sports gene” story because I knew he had done research on this very locus. As usual, he’s rather diplomatic, with a post titled The ACTN3 sports gene test: what can it really tell you?. He says: Kevin Fischer has already noted that from a…

What’s new in life science research?

If the title piques your interest, check out a new ScienceBlog of that name. The contributors are familiar faces….

Since the Right is roiling with faction, I thought I’d point you to a new weblog, Secular Right. No need to explain what it’s about, the title says it all. John Derbyshire recounts an interesting experience at the H. L. Mencken Club: Well, so there I was sitting down to dinner on the first evening…

Woolly Mammoth best left dead?

An editorial in The New York Times, Bring Back the Woolly Mammoth?: No one is quite sure why the woolly mammoths died out toward the end of the last ice age, some 10,000 years ago. Theories include warmer temperatures that gradually displaced the plants on which they fed, overhunting by primitive man, an accumulation of…

Andrew Gelman on Bloggingheads.tv

Andrew Gelman has commented on his interview performance….

After reading American Colonies: The Settling of North America, I was struck by the incredible similarities in British modus operandi in North America and India the 17th and 18th centuries. These two imperial domains seem very different, but recall that Lord Cornwallis plays a prominent role in both Colonial and Indian history. This was a…

Myers-Briggs & this blog

The Elf pointed me to Typealyzer where it supposedly analyzes the personality of the weblog. Well, this blog is….

In my post yesterday where I compared Catholics & Protestants in New England with Southerners in the McCain Belt, I was struck on the evolution question that in New England Protestants exhibited much more variance than Catholics. More Protestants rejected evolution or definitely believed it was true than Roman Catholics, who tended to agree that…