Gene Expression

Archives for December, 2009

Noticed a piece at The Root, The Decade in Race: WTF Was That?: After the tragedy of 9/11, Arab American stereotypes morph from harmless convenient store owner to new American nigger. The Simpsons’ Apuh is suddenly nowhere near as funny There really needed to be more said here. The convenience store owners were not usually…

Contagious Tasmanian Devil cancer

Carl Zimmer has a nice write up of the a new paper in Science which characterizes the nature of the cells which are manifest during devil facial tumor disease. The Tasmanian Devil Transcriptome Reveals Schwann Cell Origins of a Clonally Transmissible Cancer: The Tasmanian devil, a marsupial carnivore, is endangered because of the emergence of…

The Google Years

The Google Decade Ends: If the search king hasn’t ripped up your business yet, just wait. 10 years is a long time in the tech industry. I wonder which company will be the center of retrospectives in 2010? It seems that the time cycle of the rise & fall of “It” firm is speeding up;…

Africa’s urban poor becoming obese

Yeah, you read that right. Overweight and obesity in urban Africa: A problem of the rich or the poor?: Descriptive results showed that the prevalence of urban overweight/obesity increased by nearly 35% during the period covered. The increase was higher among the poorest (+50%) than among the richest (+7%). Importantly, there was an increase of…

Fungus adapts fast…at first

The Properties of Adaptive Walks in Evolving Populations of Fungus: The rarity of beneficial mutations has frustrated efforts to develop a quantitative theory of adaptation. Recent models of adaptive walks, the sequential substitution of beneficial mutations by selection, make two compelling predictions: adaptive walks should be short, and fitness increases should become exponentially smaller as…

Last second charitable donations

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The bear market rally of 2009?

The Massive Stock Market Rally of 2009 Ends Today: In what the Wall Street Journal calls “a comeback of historic proportions,” the U.S. stock market’s banner year closes later on today. The paper says, “With one trading day remaining in 2009, the Dow is on track for its biggest annual gain since 2003, when it…

What Darwin Never Knew (online)

If you missed it, you can still watch it online.

Tools to analyze gene expression

Disease Gene Characterization through Large-Scale Co-Expression Analysis: Celsius, the largest co-normalized microarray dataset of Affymetrix based gene expression, was used to calculate the correlation between all possible gene pairs on all platforms, and generate stored indexes in a web searchable format. The size of Celsius makes UGET a powerful gene characterization tool. Using a small…

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