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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…

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…

Mendel’s Garden is Now Available

tags: Mendel’s Garden, blog carnival The November issue of Mendel’s Garden is now available for you to enjoy. This issue was written so as to read like the narrative of a soccer game (it also includes a streaming video of philosophers playing soccer).

tags: Gene Genie, blog carnival The 18th edition of Gene Genie is now available. This blog carnival links to essays about DNA technology. Interestingly, this carnival also includes a streaming video of the Personal Genomics (PG) Tips Chimp!

tags: researchblogging.org, Brown paper wasp, Polistes fuscatus, hymenoptera, evolution, eusociality, social behavior Brown paper wasp , Polistes fuscatus. Fairport, New York, USA. 2003. Many thanks to Alex Wild for sharing his amazing images here. Thanks to Elizabeth Tibbetts for the species identification. [larger view] Eusociality, or “true social behavior”, is the most extreme form of…

tags: researchblogging.org, treatment-emergent suicidal ideation, suicide, citalopram, celexa, SSRI, black box warning Despite what the news might have you believe, it is quite rare for a depressed person to exhibit increased suicidal thinking after they have begun treatment with an SSRI, such as citalopram (celexa). According to the statistics, so-called “treatment-emergent suicidal ideation” occurs only…

tags: genetics, blog carnivals The 18th edition of Mendel’s Garden is now available for your reading pleasure. This blog carnival devoted to genetics, featuring some of the best science blogging focused on genetics, from the past month. They included a story that I wrote, so be sure to check it out.

tags: cheetahs, evolution Researchers studied 47 litters of cheetah cubs over nine years. Nearly half contained cubs from multiple fathers. Image: Sarah Durant [larger] DNA technology has revealed that female cheetahs, Acinonyx jubatus, often produce litters that are comprised of cubs sired by multiple fathers. This research, recently published in the Proceedings of the Royal…

tags: evolution, birds, orioles, Icterus, research “Oriole.” Image appears here with the kind permission of the photographer, Pamela Wells. [Larger image]. I often think about differences in morphological and behavioral traits in closely-related species and wonder whether the speed and character of changes in these traits reveal anything about the evolutionary relationships between taxa. For…