New paper in Am Nat on Finches -- if you're drab, hang out with other drab birds.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
So the LAPD caught the Grim Sleeper based on 2 controversial aspects of DNA profiling: familial DNA matches (they 1st IDed him through his son) and sample-stalking (they retrieved DNA from a discarded pizza crust) -- a good "genetics and society" case study...
LA Times article via title link. Science Insider link here.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
New PNAS paper shows that when birds flock they position themselves 1.45 body lengths apart. I wonder if humans position themselves 1.45 body widths apart when queueing? ... which prompts the silly question - do larger people space themselves out at a greater distance?
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Analysis of a humeral shaft informs the impact of diet and hormones on bone growth and remodeling in Neanderthals; MSNBC decides this is newsworthy here. Post title links to original paper.
Monday, July 5, 2010
Science News has a cover story about animal patterns, including a discussion about how Turin might have been wrong...and right. - also mentions a recent study in PLoS Genetics on pigment cell migration and the gene basonuclin-2.