Drawing Flies.

Jay Hosler is an Associate Professor of Biology at Juniata College and a very skilled cartoonist who writes comic-style books that are meant to entertain as well as educate. One of them, Optical Allusions, focuses (no pun) on eye evolution. I asked eye evolution researcher Todd Oakley to review it for the special issue of Evolution: Education and Outreach on eyes that I edited last year (read here), and I also reviewed it for Reports of the NCSE (coming soon). We both recommend it enthusiastically.

Now, Jay has a blog called Drawing Flies. Check it out.

A new transposable element blog.

One of my graduate students has launched a new blog called The Mobilome. As he describes it in his inaugural post,

The goal of this blog is to spread the word about how cool TEs and other parasitic nucleic acids are by talking about interesting elements, papers both old and new and perhaps some educational posts about what TEs in general and why they are important to understand.

He is a voracious reader of the TE literature — heck, his initials are T.E. — so you know this is going to be very interesting…

Head on over to get his hit count up and don’t forget to subscribe here.

Evolver Zone.

Readers of this blog will soon notice some changes. This is because the Evolver Zone site has now been launched, and Genomicron will be fit within it. For now, it will remain a separate blog at this same location, but the look will be updated shortly. Meanwhile, have a look at the resource of multimedia and information about software, databases, journals, and web links at Evolver Zone (www.evolverzone.com).

Genomicron enters terrible twos.

Well, as if I needed any more evidence that my life has become a time warp of committees, students, grant applications, and manuscripts, it has suddenly been another year of blogging. That’s right, two years ago today was the inaugural post at Genomicron. I think the main trend over the past year has been to enter more into the political realm — out of necessity, really, since this affects much of my research and teaching.

But let’s keep this positive, right? Here’s to another year!!

Update: Happy second birthday to The Evilutionary Biologist too!