Gene Expression

Archives for January, 2009

5-part interview with Greg Cochran

The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution, is now available from Amazon & fine local bookstores. Over at 2 Blowhards one of the authors Greg Cochran has done a 5-part interview: part 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Set some time aside, there’s a lot there….

Which netbooks are good?

I’m thinking of getting a netbook. Any recommendations/experiences?

Pajamas Media goes down….

Well, it isn’t just the old media that’s having issues. A few days ago Culture11 folded. Now it looks like Pajamas Media network is shutting down (they’re going to go into vlogging fulltime?). I got a few links from PM back in 2005-2006, very little traffic. It didn’t seem like the aggregation was adding any…

Over at The Root Keith Adkins has a post, Sandra Laing: Born Black with White Parents: I’m no geneticist or biologist, but it looks like Sandra is a product of an black South African and maybe a white Afrikaneer. I’m saying, it looks like somebody in her family was lying. The tests they used to…

By other means necessary?

My friend Aziz Poonawalla has a post up, is evolution sufficient? No, it’s not the standard Creationist cant: The implication of such rapid evolution is that we should actually notice it on human timescales. And that there is actually is some mechanism of action that is actually driving the mutations themselves – cosmic rays? transcription…

A few years ago PLoS Medicine published Eight Americas: Investigating Mortality Disparities across Races, Counties, and Race-Counties in the United States. The results were: – Asian-Americans, per capita income of $21,566, life expectancy of 84.9 years. – Northland low-income rural Whites, $17,758, 79 years. – Middle America (mostly White), $24,640, 77.9 years. – Low-income Whites…

Has it awakened?

Mars Rover Disoriented Somewhat After Glitch: More strangely, the Spirit had no memory of what it had done for that part of Sol 1800. The rover did not record actions, as it otherwise always does, to the part of its computer memory that retains information even when power is turned off, the so-called nonvolatile memory.…

Navigenics, a joke?

Read Genetic Future on Navigenics crappy new product. Better yet, link to the post yourself to crank up the google ranking, you’re doing potential consumers a service.

The Immortal

There are now some articles which are detailing the other Ponzi schemes which are coming out in the wake of l’affaire Madoff. One thing that is notable: the next biggest scam is an order of magnitude less significant. That is, while Bernie Madoff’s scam was on the scale of billions, the next ones in the…

MAOA & aggression

Monoamine oxidase A gene (MAOA) predicts behavioral aggression following provocation: Monoamine oxidase A gene (MAOA) has earned the nickname “warrior gene” because it has been linked to aggression in observational and survey-based studies. However, no controlled experimental studies have tested whether the warrior gene actually drives behavioral manifestations of these tendencies. We report an experiment,…