Category Archives: Genetics

Forget Genomics, Just Do the Genetics That We Know How to Do: The Rape Kit Edition

As genomics becomes cheaper and more accessible, the torrent of articles debating and discussing its effects on human health will only increase. My contribution to this genre is to argue that microbial genomics is also critical, and, in the short … Continue reading

Posted in Funding, Genetics, Genomics, Rape

Myriad and Second Opinions

I’ve discussed before how awful it is that Myriad Genetics has patented the ability to use the BRCA genes to test for high risk of breast cancer. That said, Rose-Ellen Lessy raises a good point I haven’t seen discussed much … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Cancer, Genetics | 1 Comment


So this story about saving the American chestnut provides some hope (boldface mine): An interloping fungus had arrived at America’s shores two decades earlier, and it would soon make short work of this then-common species. In less than a century’s … Continue reading

Posted in Genetics, Plants | 4 Comments

Anyone Know a Biologist With This License Plate?

I was enroute to Long Island two weekends ago, and saw this license plate at the Bridgeport Ferry: Anyone know who this might be?

Posted in Genetics | 5 Comments

But Nothing Could Go Wrong With Widespread Genomic Testing

Whenever the FDA or some other government agency issues a statement about direct-to-consumer genomic sequencing (or genotyping), a minor skirmish in the science bloggysphere erupts. On the one side are medical and public health professionals, while on the other are … Continue reading

Posted in Fucking Morons, Genetics, Genomics, Public Health | 7 Comments

Wall Street and Genetic Testing: Wouldn’t This Be Discrimination?

Admittedly, Wall Street breaks the law so often without any consequences, not to mention notions of basic decency, this would be par for the course: Dr. Zak wanted to see if he could find the genetic signature of this personality … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Civil Liberties, Genetics

Los Cubanos!

Amazingly, all of these snails belong to one species, Polymita picta (from the Harvard Museum of Natural History): I realize this is from an exhibit on coloration in nature, but if HMHN wanted to do this right, it would put … Continue reading

Posted in Evolution, Genetics, Museums etc.

Accidental Schadenfreude Is a Beautiful Thing: The Charles Murray Edition

By way of Jesse Taylor, we learn that Charles Murray, author of The Bell Curve and longtime advocate of a genetic basis for the racial difference in IQ scores, will release a book on the growing socioeconomic divisions. In the … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Fucking Morons, Genetics, IQ

Just-So Stories and the ‘Evolutionary Biology Diet’

Amanda Marcotte and Rebecca Watson pointed me towards this absurd article “Why women need fat.” In fairness, I don’t dispute the idea that the recent advent of a diet full of processed sugars hasn’t been good for us, or that … Continue reading

Posted in Evo Psych, Evolution, Genetics, Hunger, Obesity | 1 Comment


I CAN HAZ SHIGA TOCKSIN PCR? PLZ? It’s time for food, and specifically STEC, surveillance, to enter the last two decades of the twentieth century.
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Posted in E. coli, Food, Genetics, Microbiology | 5 Comments