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The Genetics of Nose-Picking

I’ve been bombarded lately with news releases reporting links between behavior and DNA. In simpler times, genes encoded proteins, and the actions or absence of those proteins caused the trait or disease. But today, investigations

Eliza Gets Her Gene Therapy

Keeping a little girl at home for 722 days may seem cruel, but for the O’Neill family, it was a demonstration of astonishing bravery and love. Glenn and Cara O’Neill had isolated their daughter Eliza

Save my bacon...

Drugmonkey didn't tag me in his meme challenge but fucke it, why not? Here's my list of characters to get me out of a jam. 1&2. Damien Scott and Michael Stonebridge 3.      Carrie Mathison 4.      Mr. Rogers 5.      Jack Bauer

Bringing Genomics to High School Students: A Survival Guide

(This week DNA Science has a guest post from Sergio Pistoi, a science writer and molecular biologist from Italy.) When I gave my first conference about genomics in a high school, I thought of what

Help Young, Blind Musician Meet Bruce Springsteen!

Last March, my husband Larry and I attended the annual gala for the Curing Retinal Blindness Foundation, near Philadelphia. During the cocktail hour, someone was singing at the piano, “Born to Run.” I turned to

Rerun: Dan Brown’s “Inferno”: Good Plot, Bad Science

I’m thrilled that DNA Science made the top 15 PLOS blog posts of 2015, but a little surprised that the entry was for analysis of the genetic accuracy of the TV series Wayward Pines. Then

“Saving Eliza” Campaign Helps Another Child

Valerie Byers had long suspected that her son Will’s diagnosis of autism was wrong. So when she saw a clip on the homepage of the Today Show about a little girl named Eliza, in late February, she knew instantly that 5-year-old … Continue reading » The post “Saving Eliza” Campaign Helps Another Child appeared first on DNA Science Blog.

When Celebrities Suddenly Care About Rare Diseases

I have followed, in awe, the tireless efforts of families that have rare genetic diseases to raise awareness and funds. Bake sales and bike races, balls and raffles, exhausting and all-consuming. But these efforts pale when a performer or other … Continue reading » The post When Celebrities Suddenly Care About Rare Diseases appeared first on DNA Science Blog.

“Genes in Space” Student Winners Announced

I thought for sure some of us would be living on the moon, or beyond, by now. In the late 1960s, it was easy for a kid to believe that. For many families back then, a launch was a special … Continue reading » The post “Genes in Space” Student Winners Announced appeared first on DNA Science Blog.

2014: A bleak year for science?

What's the old saying, you neighbor loses his job and its a recession, but you lose your job, and its a depression.  Well the shoe finally dropped for one of my friends and he was put on notice that his job disappears as of January 1st.  Sadly for him there was no advance notice that […]

Is that white supremacist part black?

Many of you probably know about Dave Chappelle’s black white supremacist sketch (NSFW video!), though fewer are aware of Leo Felton, a white supremacist (ex, after he was outed) with a black father (a less tragic outcome than Dan Burros, the Jewish American Nazi). Show More Summary

The four million odyssey of the horse

The horse is a beautiful animal. That is not a trivial matter, but there is the added fact that  historically it is has been of great consequence. Obviously the rise of horses as vehicles of war is preeminent in our minds, but on a more prosaic level draft horses revolutionized many societies via their effect [...]

What is the Zeitgeist?

Here is today’s zeitgeist, by which I mean the working assumptions made by top scientists, politicians, academics and journalists, as they do their jobs, every day: Free will is an illusion. The interests, passions, motivations, obsessions, fears and desires that...

High likelihood that my daughter does not have an autosomal dominant condition

After my previous post my wife started doing research online. The autosomal dominant condition that I have is almost certainly localized to one particular chromosome (there is a large effect QTL there that is strongly associated with my condition). Additionally, I inherit this condition from my mother. My daughter has her whole pedigree genotyped, thanks [...]

What is the good life?

Now that I have a daughter I do reflect a bit more on what the purpose of my life is, because at some point I want to talk to her about the purpose of her life. There is a little bit of irony in this insofar as now she is a primary purpose of my [...]

Fantasy Football: The End of the Road

So its time to announce the regular season and playoff winners for the Fantasy Football Challenge. Regular Season: 1.  Bashir (has dethroned PLS for the first time!) 2.  Odyssey 3.  Chall Playoffs: 1.  Odyssey 2.  Chall (just lost the tie breaker) 3.  Bashir Congrats to everyone.  It was fun.  And as we end on this [...]

Mitochondrial Eve: a de facto deception?

The above image, and the one to the left, are screenshots from my father’s 23andMe profile. Interestingly, his mtDNA haplogroup is not particularly common among ethnic Bengalis, who are more than ~80% on a branch of M. This reality is evident in the map above which illustrates the Central Asian distribution my father’s mtDNA lineage. [...]

The Hobbit, part 1

I went and saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey yesterday. It’s been 20 years since I last read The Hobbit, and even longer since I saw the television film from the late 1970s. So I really didn’t notice all the differences between the three hour film and the original novel. Two quick comments: 1) I [...]

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