Monthly Archives: June 2007

Some Sunday Links

Here are some links for you. Go read some science, you goddamn kids.
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What Does Henneberger Want?

Scott LeMieux exposes the illogic of Melinda Henneberger‘s NY Times op-ed about abortion and Democrats. What I can’t figure out is what does Henneberger want?
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Posted in Civil Liberties, Compulsive Centrist Disorder, Conservatives, Democrats, Religion | 2 Comments

Tyson Chicken to Sell Antibiotic-Free Fresh Chicken

Anything that lowers the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in agriculture is a good way to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance.
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Posted in Agriculture, Antibiotics, Bidness, Microbiology, Public Health | 1 Comment

Fumarase Deficiency and Gay Marriage

There is one type of marriage we should prohibit: incestuous marriage.
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Posted in Civil Liberties, Fucking Morons, Human Genetics, Public Health | 7 Comments

We Didn’t Create Hamas, But We Did…

…help them win the election. In any discussion of the Middle East, all sorts of things will be claimed, but there is one awful historical fact: American and Israeli pressure on the Palestinian Authority to change their electoral system helped Hamas win the 2006 elections.
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Posted in Fucking Morons, Middle East, Terrorism, Voting | 7 Comments

An Evo-Devo Kerfuffle

In the May edition of Evolution, Hopi Hoekstra and Jerry Coyne have an interesting commentary, “The Locus of Evolution: Evo Devo and the Genetics of Adaptation.” They raise two points about “evo devo” (the fusion of developmental and evolutionary biology) that have always bothered me.
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Posted in E. coli, Evo Devo, Evolution, Microbiology | 2 Comments

The Bestest Exclusion Cage EVAH!

The Mad Biologist loves this experiment. So how do you create a “gull exclusion zone?” Here’s how.
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Posted in Ecology, Humor | 4 Comments

Scientists and Journalists, Part Deux

Having been encouraged by ScienceBlogling John Wilkins, I’m going to follow up on my post about science journalism, and, no doubt, get myself into further trouble.
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Posted in Conservatives, Creationism, Evolution, Funding, News Media | 3 Comments

The More Voters Know About You, the Less They Like You?

Over at, there’s some consternation about how a generic Democrat beats a generic Republican in opinion polls, but named Democrats do poorly against named Republicans. As you might imagine, everyone is arguing that this is the reason why his or her electoral strategy MUST BE FOLLOWED. I think the explanation is pretty straightforward.
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Posted in Democrats, Voting | 6 Comments

What Will Human Microbiome Metagenomics Tell Us?

NIH, in about six months will release a huge sum of money to fund the study of the human ‘microbiome’: those microorganisms that live on or in us. One of the things that will be done with this money is meta-genomics which is “the study of genomes recovered from environmental samples as opposed to from clonal cultures.” So I have a question: what do we learn from meta-genomics?
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Posted in Ecology, Genomics, Microbiology | 3 Comments