Gene Expression

Archives for September, 2009

A few weeks ago I posted on a paper, Genetic Discontinuity Between Local Hunter-Gatherers and Central Europe’s First Farmers.Another one is out in the same vein, Ancient DNA Reveals Lack of Continuity between Neolithic Hunter-Gatherers and Contemporary Scandinavians: The driving force behind the transition from a foraging to a farming lifestyle in prehistoric Europe (Neolithization)…

A few months ago a friend tipped me off to the fact that David Reich was going to publish a paper about the genetics of Indians which he ascertained was going to model these populations as hybrids between “Europeans and Andaman Islanders.” The paper is out, and my friend was roughly right. Reconstructing Indian population…

From American Nones: The Profile of the No Religion Population: “Belonging” refers to people who self-identify as “X.” For example, someone who asserts that they are an atheist. “Belief” refers to the content of one’s avowed beliefs, as opposed to label. Someone who asserts that they “do not believe in God” is placed within the…

Being raised in a single-parent household, especially when a woman is head of household, puts you at higher risk for all sorts of negative personal outcomes, right? If that data is all you know, yes. But as they say, correlation does not equal causation. But the assumptions of causation come out in the responses of…

I watched this rather bizarre Kirk Cameron video today. He’s promoting a plan to distribute Origin of Species with what seems to be a scurrilous preface to college students. His argument is that college students need to know the truth about evolution. I don’t know how far he’ll get, but I suspect many people will…

Seems to be the upshot of this finding, I’ll Have What She’s Having: Effects of Social Influence and Body Type on the Food Choices of Others: This research examines how the body type of consumers affects the food consumption of other consumers around them. We find that consumers anchor on the quantities others around them…

Bing Keeps Gaining Ground: For August, Bing’s share of the American search market came in at 9.3 percent, up from 8.9 percent in July and 8.4 percent in June. Perhaps more importantly, Bing’s growth didn’t come at the expense of Yahoo (YHOO), which held steady at 19.3 percent. For the first time, Bing took market…

Yes, Uyghurs are a new hybrid population

Sometimes I wonder if the period between the publication of The History and Geography of Human Genes and The Journey of Man, roughly from the mid-90s to the early 2000s, will be seen as a golden age for historical population genetics in hindsight. A few weeks ago I pointed to new data based on DNA…

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