Genetics

Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Category archives for Genetics

tags: Tree of Life, conservation, biodiversity, ecology, evolution, biology, statistics, teaching, streaming video This video presents a very brief glimpse into what I do as a professional researcher studying “my birds” — the parrots of the South Pacific Ocean (during those rare and beautiful times when I actually have a job!!). It features interviews with…

tags: TEDTalks, medicine, Psychopathic Killers, epigenetics, brain damage, psychology, MAOA gene, serotonin, Jim Fallon, streaming video Psychopathic killers are the basis for some must-watch TV, but what really makes them tick? Neuroscientist Jim Fallon talks about brain scans and genetic analysis that may uncover the rotten wiring in the nature (and nurture) of murderers. In…

tags: The Science of Story Telling, Paul Nurse, genetics, family history, narrative, streaming video This video is a fascinating look at Paul Nurse’s personal history .. Nurse, who is a biochemist, Knight, 2001 Nobel Prize Winner and President of Rockefeller University in NYC, reveals how, after 58 years, he finally learned the truth of his…

tags: child stars, Disney, geneticists, satire, humor, funny, social commentary, streaming video In this amazing news report, Disney claims its latest batch of child stars is so lifelike, you’ll barely be able to tell they have no souls [2:40]

tags: Blue House Sparrow, Passer domesticus, birds, blue feather color, plumage color, refraction Blue-colored Male House Sparrow, Passer domesticus, photographed in Sydney, Australia, April 2009. Image: Richard Shears, Daily Mail [larger view]. Some of you might remember the remarkable photographs of the blue-colored male house sparrow, Passer domesticus, that was photographed in a garden in…

tags: performance horses, polo, racing, tendon injury, stem cell research Horses clear a jump during the Challenge Cup Handicap Steeplechase on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival in the UK. Image: BBC News. Those of you who follow my writings about racehorses and other high-performance horses will be interested to learn that several companies…

tags: blue tit, Cyanistes caeruleus, extrapair fertilization, genetic benefit hypothesis, genetic similarity, plumage color, birdsong, ornithology, behavioral ecology Blue tit, Cyanistes caeruleus. Image: Paul Hillion, 26 April 2008. Even though most bird species form social bonds with their mates, they are not always faithful partners to each other. It’s easy to figure out why male…

tags: political views, politics, physiology, threat response, psychology, philosophyfight or flight, nature versus nurture Most Americans have been actively engaged in the frustrating sport of arguing about politics, which often leads to the common refrain; “You just don’t get it!” So this made me wonder why people who seem to have similar life experiences can…

tags: Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, BSE, mad cow disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, CJD, pathogenic mutation, prion protein gene Image: Orphaned. Mad Cow Disease, technically known as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), is one of a group of transmissible diseases that destroy brain tissue, collectively known as Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs). TSEs are an unknown agent(s) that act by…

tags: researchblogging.org, premature hair graying, autosomal dominant trait, genetics, horses, hair color, syntaxin-17, melanocortin-1 receptor, cis-acting regulatory mutation, melanoma, evolution This horse is in the process of losing its pigment. It will end up being all white by the time it is eight years old. Image: Horse Wallpaper [larger view]. Even though I have always…