Gene Expression

Archives for November, 2009

Diary of an ex-Muslim

A friend of mine pointed me to an interesting weblog, Here in Glitner. From the “About” page: Reflections from my life as a Muslim, perspectives on Islam in my true life as a non-Muslim. I was a Muslim woman, a Muslim wife, a Muslim mother, a Muslim sister. I wore hijab, abstained from pork, obeyed…

This article pointed me to this interesting paper, Rapid adaptive evolution of northeastern coyotes via hybridization with wolves: The dramatic expansion of the geographical range of coyotes over the last 90 years is partly explained by changes to the landscape and local extinctions of wolves, but hybridization may also have facilitated their movement. We present…

Climate & the Out of Africa migration(s)

Wet phases in the Sahara/Sahel region and human migration patterns in North Africa: The carbon isotopic composition of individual plant leaf waxes (a proxy for C3 vs. C4 vegetation) in a marine sediment core collected from beneath the plume of Sahara-derived dust in northwest Africa reveals three periods during the past 192,000 years when the…

American data by counties

I’ve been crunching some county-by-county data at one of my other weblogs: Where the fat folks live Diabetes and obesity The white vote for Obama, by county & correlates Are over-leveraged counties seeing an increase in food stamp usage?

Katz

Felines worked part-time this week due to the holiday….

The wealth of politicians

Open Secrets has data on members of the House and Senate in relation to their net worth. Here are some descriptive statistics: Democrats & Republicans: 25th percentile = $228,006 Median = $791,004 75thth percentile = $2,962,519 Mean = $6,438,210 Republicans: 25th percentile = $269,007 Median = $999,381 75thth percentile = $3,421,512 Mean = $6,010,456 Democrats:…

Marriage equality, inbreeding style

The New York Times has an article on cousin marriage that’s up. Here’s some important bits: Shane Winters, 37, whom she now playfully refers to as her “cusband,” proposed to her at a surprise birthday party in front of family and friends, and the two are now trying to have a baby. They are not…

Egypt & evolution & the Muslim world

Last week I pointed to numbers on evolution and the Muslim world. The New York Times has an article up about the conference which inspired my investigation into that topic. The reporter focuses on the rote learning and creativity as the factors behind a lack of knowledge or understanding of evolutionary theory. Plausible, but really…

Population substructure within China

The state of China has 1/5 of humanity within its borders, so it’s genetic structure is of interest. It is obviously important for medical reasons to clarify issues of population structure so that disease susceptibility among the Han is well characterized, in particular with the heightened medical needs of an aging population in the coming…

A new paper in PLoS ONE, Evaluation of Group Genetic Ancestry of Populations from Philadelphia and Dakar in the Context of Sex-Biased Admixture in the Americas, doesn’t add much to what we know. They looked at a several hundred individuals who are self-identified as African American and European American, as well as 49 Senegalese from…