Archive for April, 2012

Robustness and fragility in neural development

So many things can go wrong in the development of the human brain it is amazing that it ever goes right. The fact that it usually does – that the majority of people do not suffer from a neurodevelopmental disorder – is due to the property engineers call robustness. This property has important implications for […]

De novo mutations in autism

A trio of papers in this week’s Nature identifies mutations causing autism in four new genes, demonstrate the importance of de novo mutations in the etiology of this disorder and suggest that there may be 1,000 or more genes in which high-risk, autism-causing mutations can occur. These studies provide an explanation for what seems like […]

An economics and evolutionary biology reading list

I have added a new page over at Evolving Economics with a suggested reading list for those interested in the intersection of economics and evolutionary biology. The list is here. The list is a work is progress, and I plan to update it as new sources emerge or are suggested (or when I realise what […]

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