Tag Archives: Genetics

Video on what exactly a gene is

There’s a video on the evidence for evolution going around, but turns out the artist that made that video has made a number of them, including this one on the scientific understanding of a gene. via Videos / What Exactly is … Continue reading

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Learning the smell of fear: Mothers teach babies their own fears via odor, animal study shows.

Some of the ways that mothers can teach offspring is pretty primal: Learning the smell of fear: Mothers teach babies their own fears via odor, animal study shows — ScienceDaily. Babies can learn what to fear in the first days of … Continue reading

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BBC – Future – How human culture influences our genetics

BBC has an interesting article on the effects of culture on evolution. You shouldn’t be able to drink milk. Your ancestors couldn’t. It is only in the last 9,000 years that human adults have gained that ability without becoming ill. … Continue reading

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Humans and Neandertals interbred, new method confirms — ScienceDaily

  Technical objections to the idea that Neandertals interbred with the ancestors of Eurasians have been overcome, thanks to a new genome analysis method. The technique can more confidently detect the genetic signatures of interbreeding than previous approaches and will … Continue reading

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Who’s afraid of math? Study finds some genetic factors

As someone who’s never been good at math, I found this particularly interesting.  It’s strange that I’ve always been in the top tier of programmers on any team I worked on, easily gotten As in any programming class I took, … Continue reading

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America’s first settlers were trapped in Beringia for 10,000 years

The ancestors of Native Americans came to the New World by walking over a land bridge across the Bering Strait. But there’s a rather glaring 10,000 year gap in the story — one that could be explained by a migratory … Continue reading

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The importance of (experimental) design — ScienceDaily

One of the hottest debates in evolutionary biology concerns the origin of behavior: is it genetically encoded or do animals and birds copy their parents or other individuals? A classic experiment published in 2000 seemed to provide overwhelming evidence that … Continue reading

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Seven things about evolution – john hawks weblog

What is evolution? In its original sense, evolution meant “unrolling”, as if a papyrus scroll were being unrolled to reveal its contents. We may talk about the “evolution” of many things, from an individual’s lifetime to the evolution of the … Continue reading

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Studies of a skin color gene across global populations reveal shared origins | Penn State University

All instances of a gene mutation that contributes to light skin color in Europeans came from the same chromosome of one person who most likely lived at least 10,000 years ago, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. via … Continue reading

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David Dobbs mucks up evolution, part II « Why Evolution Is True

David Dobbs mucks up evolution, part II « Why Evolution Is True. The second part of Jerry Coyne’s response to David Dobb’s Aeon piece on the problems with the selfish gene metaphor. Be sure to read Dobb’s extended response in … Continue reading

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