Neurotopia

Archives for February, 2008

Here we have yet another example of evolution cobbling together new proteins from existing structures. And what do you know, it kinda matters: The TRIM5-CypA gene found in Asian macaques is a hybrid of two existing proteins, TRIM5 and CypA. This combination creates a single protein that blocks infections by lentiviruses. This is the second…

Tomorrow is the last day to get your Alliance for Science Evolution Essay contest submissions done! You know you want a shot at some money for school books and some free, signed media materials. This year looks to be even better than last, so we look forward to reading what you have to say! Remember,…

Today I’m a UCLA fan

Abel broke the news on Scienceblogs, where he’s been following the events at UCLA for a while now, and Orac has the details on why it matters. UCLA has taken the initiative to protect its researchers and hopefully kicked off a nationwide– or maybe even global– campaign to protect scientists and the public from the…

They put on a fantastic Darwin Day celebration in Iowa City. Excellent camaraderie, good times good people good beer and whatnot, and the turnout for all the events was exceptional. Massimo Pigliucci gave a nice interview for the local NPR station which you can find here. Darwin Day with evolutionary biologist Massimo Pigliucci In an…

Looks like the Straight Talk Express took a detour through Dependswhatyoumeanby”is”ville. From the NYT: Mr. Black said Mr. McCain and Ms. Iseman were friends and nothing more. But in 1999 she began showing up so frequently in his offices and at campaign events that staff members took notice. One recalled asking, “Why is she always…

Nice Evolution Primer Site

If you’re looking for a website that gives a nice intro to the nature of science and evolution, but doesn’t use lots of jargon, you should check out This View of Life. From the About page: The aim of this project is to present the topic of evolution in a scientifically accurate manner that avoids…

SHOCKER: Gonzalez Denied Tenure!!!

Actually this is completely anticlimactic. The Regents rarely take a differing view on tenure decisions from the tenure committee itself. So sorry Tara, you got it wrong… the decision is already out: The Iowa Board of Regents has denied Guillermo Gonzales’, associate professor of physics and astronomy, appeal for tenure. After a private deliberation, the…