by Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei
Posted June 3, 2007 in DNA in General
Today is your lucky day if you’re into genetics, genes, DNA, and the genome. Alex is hosting Mendel’s Garden over at The Daily Transcript and I am hosting Gene Genie right here at Eye on DNA! So that you don’t feel too overwhelmed, I’m going to keep the posts simple and straightforward.
- 10 Tips: how to search for genetic conditions at Scienceroll
Gene Genie founder Bertalan (Berci) Mesko has a list of 10 online resources where you can find information on genes and genetic diseases. You could spend all day surfing these sites.
- Effect versus function. at Genomicron
T. Ryan Gregory discusses transposable elements to examine the meaning and importance of function and effect. And don’t think you already know the meaning of “function” and “effect,” becauses chances are you don’t.
- Human gene number: surprising (at first) but not paradoxical at Genomicron
No bets on what this post is about. But you may be surprised to find an analysis of how bets might have been placed for GeneSweep, a betting pool on the number of genes in the human genome.
- PKU: An exploration of a metabolic disease at Evolution…not “just a theory” anymore
Greg Laden delves into phenylketonuria to illustrate “the early evolution of life on the Earth, how metabolic systems work, the essence of the ‘Nature-Nurture Dichotomy Falsehood’ and allows us to touch on population genetics and the concept of balanced polymorphisms.” And if that’s not enough for you, Greg wants you to have a look at Ultimate Causes, Proximate Mechanisms. Do it…or stop evolving.
- Seeing Red at QUEST Science Blog
Barry Starr has an extensive explanation of color vision especially in mice and primates. For anyone who’s interested in color blindness, visit Daniel at Colblindor. Who knew you could have an entire blog about color blindness! By the way, Barry is also the the Geneticist in Residence at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA.
- A little color in our lives at Omics! Omics!
Speaking of color, Keith Robison takes a look at the genetics of coat color in animals, in particular the color “brindle” aka “tiger striped.” This particular coat pattern isn’t known in humans…at least not naturally.
- Genetic Engineering in Mice May Aid Alzheimerâ€™s Research at Alzheimer’s Notes
Mary Emma Allen shares news of mice who were genetically engineered to lack the Cdk5 enzyme. They seemed to be smarter! Now how do I get rid of my Cdk5 enzyme?
- Infants and Autism and Education at Autism Vox
Kristina Chew looks at diagnosis for autism especially in infants. She would have been interested in prenatal genetic testing for her family so that she’d know what to expect in raising her autistic son Charlie. I suspect, however, that the majority of parents using prenatal genetic diagnosis aren’t doing so to be better prepared to raise a special needs child.
- Blame Portugal at Gene Sherpas
Steve Murphy looks at rearrangements in the BRCA2 gene, especially in those with Portuguese ancestry. Rick’s ears must be burning.
- Bad Portuguese genes, bad! at My Biotech Life
I guess Rick’s ears were burning! And not only is he aware of the BRCA2 gene and its association with the Portuguese, there’s another genetic disease endemic in his hometown – familial amyloid polyneuropathy. My condolences, dear Portuguese friend.
- You and the $1000 Genome, Parts I, II, III, and IV at The Genetic Genealogist
Blaine examined the Archon X PRIZE for Genomics which will be awarded to the first team that can sequence a human genome for an average of $1,000 or less. I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.
- How do you take a gene sequence and find out what the protein does? Parts I, II, III, IV, V, and VI at Discovering Biology in a Digital World
Sandra Porter starts the story in the hot volcanic soil of Yellowstone National Park with a novel relationship between a grass, a fungus and a virus. An interesting look into how a scientist examines a phenomenon.
- Stepping Beyond Personalized Medicine at Epidemix
Thomas Goetz examines personalized medicine–unique treatment for each individual–and the use of genome databases for public health.
- New York Times Cracks at evolgen
RPM rips into the NYT for their imprecise use of genetic terminology, particularly the use of “decipher” and “decode.” Eek. Hope he doesn’t go through Eye on DNA with a fine tooth comb.
- Free DNA Paternity Test for Father’s Day at Microarray Blog
Albin Paul lets us know that Chromosomal Laboratories, Inc. is offering five free paternity tests. I wonder who the lucky winners were for the Mother’s Day freebie tests.
- Genetics on TV: “House” Does Hemochromatosis at DNA Direct Talk
Alla Rogers watched TV show House and had one of those cool moments we all wish for when our jobs mean something more than just a paycheck.
- DNA In Your Food at Eye on DNA
I remind those afraid of genetically modified food that we eat genes every day and probably loads of mutated ones at that.
- Top 10 Ways DNA Technology Will Change Your Life at Healthnex
My guest post examines all the various ways DNA technology has become part of our culture, for better and for worse.
Whew! I’m about all DNA’d out. If you’d like more, go take a walk through Mendel’s Garden. I’ll be along later after my nap.
The next issue of Gene Genie will be at DNA Direct Talk on June 17. You can submit your posts to editor [at] dnadirect.com.
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