All posts tagged with history of genetics

The naming of X and Y

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The Scientist this month has a nice short article by Joseph Keierleber that recounts some of the early history of scientific investigation of the sex chromos...

A Neanderthal memoir

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Carl Zimmer reviews Svante Paabo’s new book, Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes, in the New York Times: “Missing Links”. Zimmer gives a balanced revi...

Unraveling Fisher's mysteries

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Haldane’s Sieve has a great post by James Lee giving context to a new preprint from him and Carson Chow: “Our paper: The causal meaning of Fishers average ef...

Quote: Lederberg on Haldane

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J. B. S. Haldane has typically been assigned credit for the first suggestion that human hemoglobinopathies are adaptations to malaria. In 1999, Joshua Lederb...

Tomoko Ohta profile

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Current Biology has published an interview of the esteemed Japanese population geneticist Tomoko Ohta Ohta:profile:2012.

A story of methemoglobinemia

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A story by Susan Donaldson James of a unique genetic disorder and the social stigma of inbreeding in Appalachia: “Fugates of Kentucky: Skin Bluer than Lake L...

James F. Crow, 1916-2012

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I received today the sad news that my friend and colleague James F. Crow has died, at the age of 95. Jim was a legend in the field of population genetics, wh...

Eighth day of creation

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Larry Moran muses on the recent death of Horace Judson, author of The Eighth Day of Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Biology. This excellent history is ...

Galton remembered

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Steve Jones writes in the BBC News on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of Francis Galton’s death: “Francis Galton: The man who drew up the ‘ugly map...

Timmer on HGP

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John Timmer tells us “Ten years on: why a complete human genome mattered,” from the perspective first of a bench scientist, then later as a science writer:

Morris Goodman obituary

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A reader forwards the news that Morris Goodman has died. Goodman was among the first to demonstrate molecular similarity between humans and chimpanzees; he b...

Quote: Dobzhansky on the tropics

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Theodosius Dobzhansky, concluding a paper titled, “Evolution in the Tropics”, which considered the role of physical environment versus other factors as evolu...

Chimp trivia

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Courtesy of Jon Cohen in Science (“The Chimpanzee Genome Project’s Seedy Origins”), a detail that I hadn’t heard before:

We control the horizontal

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New Scientist has an article by Mark Buchanan discussing horizontal transfer as a mechanism for the evolution of early life: “Horizontal and vertical: The ev...

Sickle cell chimeras

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Many of us use sickle cell as an example in classes. I always do so while noting the progress that has been made in treating the condition in Westernized con...

R. A. Fisher's model of adaptation

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Chapter 2 of R. A. Fisher’s Genetical Theory of Natural Selection is remarkable for many reasons. In it, he presents a model of selection in an age-structure...

The colors of mice

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Science this week features an article by Elizabeth Pennisi about the research of evolutionary biologist Hopi Hoekstra. She studies pigment variations in wild...

Crow and Kimura back in print

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A new printing of a classic population genetics text has been issued this year: An Introduction to Population Genetics Theory, by James Crow and Motoo Kimura.

Quote: Fisher defining epistasis

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People often complain that R. A. Fisher wrote in a hard-to-read style; unnecessarily verbose and indirect. Either I don’t tend to mind, or I find that the st...

King Kong humanzee trivia

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I'm coming late to this story, but it's still timely! The New York Times has an op-ed by Clive Wynne linking the inspiration for the original King Kong to S...