Monday, August 1, 2011

Urban Evolution

NYT article on evolution of white-footed deer mice in NYC - parks are little genetic islands.

Dunbar paper on light and eye size in human

Interesting. They "..demonstrate a significant positive relationship between absolute latitude and human orbital volume"

Guardian recap HERE

so much for the BU longevity study

Quick NPR report HERE

Also raises interesting questions about peer review process...

Race and DNA testing

Good discussion topic for 204:

"Some geneticists, sociologists and bioethicists argue that “black,” “white,” “Asian” and “Hispanic” are antiquated categories that threaten to revive prejudices. Others, however, say that meaningful DNA variations can track racial lines and that ignoring them could deny many benefits of “personalized medicine,” which aims to develop tests and treatments tailored to a person’s genetic makeup."