Genetics

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tags: researchblogging.org, phylogeny, British birds, population decline, range contraction, Gavin H Thomas An adult male Eurasian blackbird, Turdus merula. Image: Wikipedia commons [larger view]. A paper recently published by British scientist, Gavin Thomas, a population biologist at Imperial College London, finds that British bird species that currently are suffering population declines tend to be close…

tags: Elizabeth Blackburn, Joan Steitz, Albany Medical Center Prize I learned this afternoon that America’s highest prize in medicine, the Albany Medical Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, was awarded to two women for the first time in its history. The recipients, Elizabeth Blackburn of the University of California, San Francisco, and Joan Steitz of…

tags: genetics, Bill Nye the Science Guy, education, streaming video Those of you who do not know who Bill Nye the Science Guy! is will especially enjoy this video. In this streaming episode, Bill Nye the Science Guy explores the science behind genes (part 3). Basically, you can thank your parents for all those nice…

tags: genetics, Bill Nye the Science Guy, education, streaming video Those of you who do not know who Bill Nye the Science Guy! is will especially enjoy this video. In this streaming episode, Bill Nye the Science Guy explores the science behind genes (part 2). Basically, you can thank your parents for all those nice…

tags: genetics, Bill Nye the Science Guy, education, streaming video Those of you who do not know who Bill Nye the Science Guy! is will especially enjoy this video. In this streaming episode, Bill Nye the Science Guy explores the science behind genes (part 1). Basically, you can thank your parents for all those nice…

tags: researchblogging.org, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, mental illness, mood disorder, functional genomics, blood test, biomarkers Image: Florida Department of Law Enforcement. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, serious mental illnesses affect approximately 44 million Americans. Serious mental illnesses include mood disorders; depression and bipolar disorder. Unfortunately, correctly diagnosing mental illnesses,…

tags: researchblogging.org, blind cave fish, Astyanax mexicanus, evolution, fish, genetics Blind cave fish, Astyanax mexicanus. Image: Orphaned. Please contact me for proper credit and linkage. Do you keep tropical freshwater fishes? I have kept tropical fishes for most of my life and was always intrigued by the so-called “blind cave fish”, Astyanax mexicanus, that were…

tags: researchblogging.org, champion racehorses, thoroughbred, genetic correlation, heritability, Equus caballus, nature versus nurture Seattle Slew (1974-2002), the only undefeated horse to win the Triple Crown (1977). I have been thinking about a paper that was published last week, that analyzed the effects of “nature versus nurture” on the development of a champion racehorse. In short,…

The Gene Genie is Now Available

tags: Gene Genie, blog carnivals The 22nd edition of the Gene Genie blog carnival is now available for you to enjoy. Of course, it is packed with all sorts of interesting stories for you to read, including one from moi!

Ebony, Meet Irony

tags: James Watson, racism, African ancestry, genetics, genome, deCODE Genetics James Watson, 1962 Nobel Prize winner for co-discovering the structure of DNA along with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins. This is one of the funnier things I’ve read recently. It turns out that 1962 Nobel laureate, James Watson, who recently made some disparaging comments about…