In one sense, I am happy that there is enough interest in the concept of “junk DNA” (and by extension, my area of research in genome size evolution) that the subject gets regular media attention. A few months ago, it was all about the ENCODE project and its “finding” of “function” for 80% of [...]
Max Libbrecht is a PhD student at the University of Washington, and was one of the several hundred researchers involved in the ENCODE project. I have already mentioned Max because of his important comments on ENCODE and junk DNA elsewhere on the interwebs. I mentioned that he would be welcome to write a guest [...]
Ewan Birney has a new post up on his blog about reaction to the ENCODE publications and the associated media extravaganza last week. Unfortunately, it adds very little of substance to the discussion and most of the main criticisms are dodged again. But, the one redeeming feature of the post is the following comment [...]
Those wacky creationists are at it again. This time, they have a book out that purports to challenge the evidence for human evolution. I haven’t read it, but you can find a thorough review here. From all appearances, it isn’t any better than their previous treatment of junk DNA (reviewed in detail here).
Apparently, there are at least two ways that readers have been pronouncing the name of this blog in their heads while reading it and/or while telling others about it in person. I am curious to see how you imagine the name sounds in your mind. Here are the two most common options: Option 1 [...]
It has been a common tactic among creationists to attempt to discredit scientific ideas by linking them to the horrific actions of the likes of Hitler and the Nazis. The scientific merits of a theory do not rest on its societal implications, of course, but there is also the issue that the Nazis did [...]