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The Pith: Evolution is a sloppy artist. Upon the focal zone of creative energy adaptation can sculpt with precision, but on the margins of the genetic landscape frightening phenomena may erupt due to inattention. In other words, there are often downsides to adaptation. A few weeks ago I reviewed a paper which suggests that Crohn's... Read More
The Pith: Natural selection is a quick & dirty operator. When subject to novel environments it can react rapidly, bringing both the good and the bad. The key toward successful adaptation is not perfection, but being better than the alternatives. This may mean that many contemporary diseases are side effects of past evolutionary genetic compromises.... Read More
The Pith: What makes rice nice in one varietal may not make it nice in another. Genetically that is.... Rice is edible and has high yields thanks to evolution. Specifically, the artificial selection processes which lead to domestication. The "genetically modified organisms" of yore! The details of this process have long been of interest to... Read More
Credit: Karl Magnacca The Pith: In this post I review some findings of patterns of natural selection within the Drosophila fruit fly genome. I relate them to very similar findings, though in the opposite direction, in human genomics. Different forms of natural selection and their impact on the structure of the genome are also spotlighted... Read More
I was semi-offline for much of last week, so I only randomly heard from someone about the "Science paper" on which Molly Przeworski is an author. Finally having a chance to read it front to back it seems rather a complement to other papers, addressed to both man and beast. The major "value add" seems... Read More
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"I have degrees in biology and biochemistry, a passion for genetics, history, and philosophy, and shrimp is my favorite food. If you want to know more, see the links at http://www.razib.com"