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Brand new DAP gives Mattick a run for his money.

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:12:41 +0000

Check out this brand new dog’s ass plot (DAP). Note that the only labels on the x-axis are the genomes of the different species — yet the points are connected on the line as though there was an actual transition between these modern species.

Wow. Just… wow.Source:

How does this sort [...]

Human males are bigger than females because…

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:52:39 +0000

In humans, males tend on average to be larger, to mature later, and to age and die sooner than females. It’s easy to assume, as many people do, that this difference between males and females — what biologists call sexual dimorphism — is the result of sexual selection. That is, males are larger because [...]

DNA: The Code for Making Life (BBC World Service — The Forum)

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 16:20:44 +0000

Bridget Kendall and guests explore the current understanding of how DNA works, why it needs constant repair in every living organism and how new DNA-altering techniques can help cure some medical conditions. Joining Bridget are Swedish Nobel Laureate and Francis Crick Institute Emeritus Group Leader Tomas Lindahl who pioneered DNA repair studies, medical [...]

The curious case of the tardigrade genome.

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 07:04:59 +0000

There has been a lot of interest in tardigrades (aka “water bears”) recently. Not just because they’re very cool, but because they seem to have some very curious genomes. Maybe.

See, in a paper published in PNAS on November 23rd, Boothby et al. (2015) reported evidence of “extensive horizontal gene transfer” in the [...]

New podcast on scientific writing coming soon!

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:40:30 +0000

I am currently developing a new podcast that will focus on scientific writing, including tips, strategies, interviews, discussions, Q&A, and other good stuff. If you are a student, postdoc, or even a seasoned writer, there should be something for you! If you would like to be notified when the podcast is set to launch, [...]

Quotes of Interest: Crick (1959).

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 20:55:45 +0000

As you all know, Francis Crick was a co-author of the Nobel Prize-winning work on the structure of the DNA molecule, which was first published in 1953. He also played a major role in the subsequent deciphering of the genetic code (with a key study published in 1961), among other important contributions made throughout [...]

Molecular Plant publishes very confusing paper about junk DNA.

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:51:06 +0000

UPDATE: The authors of this paper were rather upset by my initial description of it, so I will just say that I found it very confusing and leave it at that. See the abstract below and check out the paper if you are interested.

Freeling, M.W., Xu, J., Woodhouse, M., and Lisch, D.R. (2015). [...]

This one has it all!

Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:22:38 +0000

This recent genome paper has it all: “reveal“, “insights“, and the platypus fallacy.

Quotes of interest — Brenner (1990) and discussion.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:22:02 +0000

Sydney Brenner is a well-known figure in genetics, having made major contributions to our understanding of gene function and establishing Caenorhabditis elegans as the enormously popular model organism that it is today. He shared the 2002 Nobel Prize for “discoveries concerning genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death'”.  He was also outspoken about various [...]

Genome Sequence Paper Title Generator

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:01:47 +0000

So, you and several dozen totally essential collaborators have been hard at work sequencing the genome of a super important species, and you’re ready to write up your results. Between doing the same analyses as every other genome sequencing study and overselling the novelty and significance of your results, you probably don’t have time to [...]