Gene Expression

Archives for April, 2009

Vitamin D & asthma

Serum Vitamin D Levels and Markers of Severity of Childhood Asthma in Costa Rica. See ScienceDaily. Anecdote: my own asthma has gotten much better since I started Vitamin D supplementation. Not only have I had many fewer bouts of bronchitis the past few years, but my basal respiratory functioning is much improved.

Folate & fertility & skin color

On the order of ~1 million years ago humans seem to have evolved dark skin. While light skin evolved several times, it looks like dark skin exhibits an “consensus sequence,” so that all dark skinned peoples seem to have the same genetic architecture. This chart (from Signatures of Positive Selection in Genes Associated with Human…

Since the post on anti-miscegenation laws got a lot of attention, I was curious about analogs in the World Values Survey. There are two such questions of interest: Important for succesful marriage: Same ethnic background(D042) and Important for succesful marriage: Religious beliefs(D031) These data are skewed toward European nations. Below the fold are data are…

Katz return

The sabbatical is over. Normal hours are Fridays….

The episode is titled “your brains & your genes.” There’s more emphasis on economics than you think.

One of the arguments of some younger social conservatives (e.g., Ross Douthat) is that while the abortion wars are in stasis, the Right is losing ground when it comes to opposition to gay marriage. Is this true? Below are charts from the GSS with each column representing a year, from the mid-1970s to the 2000s…

Thankfully. Familial Resemblance of Borderline Personality Disorder Features: Genetic or Cultural Transmission?: Borderline personality disorder is a severe personality disorder for which genetic research has been limited to family studies and classical twin studies. These studies indicate that genetic effects explain 35 to 45% of the variance in borderline personality disorder and borderline personality features.…

Bernie, the man & the madness

Fortune has a massive profile of Bernie Madoff’s life, career and scam. Some new material too.

One of the major problems in most societies, subject to “great sorts” of various kinds, is the fact that people observe correlations of attitudes & beliefs, and infer from those necessary relations. For example, if one of the first things that someone finds out about me is that I am an atheist, there is a…

See FuturePundit & Effect Measure. Also see H5N1. CDC recommends (especially for residents of California & Texas):