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GNXP status update

This blog has been inactive for a while. I’ve got the domain, and perhaps one day there will be regular contributors. The internet has changed a lot since we started GNXP in June of 2002, so I don’t know. * This domain has almost all the archives on, including many comments, going back to […]

10 years of Gene Expression

Just thought I would mention that a few days ago the weblog Gene Expression has been around for 10 years. I won’t say much more at this point because of time constraints. But I wanted to enter it into the record, as well as admitting two minor points. I often used to say in the […]

Why Eurasians aren’t very pale

A few years ago I wondered offhand why Eurasians weren’t very pale, since East Asians and Europeans developed light skin at different loci over the past few tens of thousands of years. In hindsight the answer seems pretty obvious. I realized the solution when looking at the skin pigmentation loci in my parents’ genotypes. They’re […]

10 Questions for Charles C. Mann

Over at Discover Blogs. Mostly about 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created.

Analysis of a Tutsi genotype

With this post, Tutsi probably differ genetically from the Hutu, I hope to tamp down all the talk about how the Belgians invented the Tutsi-Hutu division. After putting the call out it took 2 months for me to get my hands on a genotype, and less than 24 hours to post some results.

Looking for a few good 145+ I.Q. individuals

Cross-posted from Discover My friend Steve Hsu gave a talk at Google today. Here are the details: I’ll be giving a talk at Google tomorrow (Thursday August 18) at 5 pm. The slides are here. The video will probably be available on Google’s TechTalk channel on YouTube. The Cognitive Genomics Lab at BGI is using […]

Peer-review: end it, don’t mend it

At Genomes Unzipped, Joe Pickrell has an important post up, Why publish science in peer-reviewed journals?: The recent announcement of a new journal sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society, and the Wellcome Trust generated a bit of discussion about the issues in the scientific publishing process it is designed to address—arbitrary editorial decisions, slow and unhelpful […]

Your genes, your rights – FDA’s Jeffrey Shuren misleading testimony under oath

Update: Welcome Instapundit readers! Please make sure to follow the very thorough discussion/debate over at Discover Blogs, where this has been cross-posted. End Update Over the past few days I’ve been very disturbed…and angry. The reason is that I’ve been reading Misha Angrist and Dr. Daniel MacArthur. First, watch this video: In the very near […]

Personal genomics around the web

Just some pointers. Dr. Daniel MacArthur has put up a guest post where I outline my own experience with personal genomics. Cool times that we live in. Also, Zack Ajmal has started posting higher K’s of HAP participants. He’s now in the second batch. My parents will be in the third. Lots of Tamils and […]

A site about books I have read/like/recommend

It’s called Razib on Books. I posted the rationale over at Discover Blogs. Basically a way for me to organize past content which new readers are not aware of.

Diminishing returns of ancestry analysis (for me)

Zack has finally started posting results from HAP. To the left you see the results generated at K = 5 from his merged data set with the first 10 HAP members. I am HRP002. Zack is HRP001. Paul G., who is an ethnic Assyrian, is HRP010. Some others have already “outed” themselves, so I could […]

American history in broad strokes

A comment below inquired about “good books” on American history. Unfortunately I don’t know as much about American history as I do about Roman or Chinese history. But over the years there have been several books which I find to have been very value-add in terms of understanding where we are now. In other words, […]

The American historical “dark matter”

Walter Russell Mead has a fascinating blog post up, The Birth of the Blues. In it, he traces the roots of modern American “Blue-state” liberalism back to the Puritans, the Yankees of New England. This is a plausible argument. I believe that many social-political coalitions and configurations in contemporary America do have deep historical roots. […]

Notes on the future

If you’re a regular reader, you may have noticed some changes. Since I moved to Discover blogs I’ve been posting less and less here. Additionally, I’ve been putting some of my shorter less science oriented stuff at Brown Pundits and Secular Right. And I suspect twitter has cannibalized some of the link aggregation function of […]

Administrative notifications

Had to reinstall WordPress because of security problem over the last couple of days (iframe injection). I’ll slowly be getting the site back to normal look & feel wise.

Introducing the Harappa Ancestry Project

A few weeks ago I hinted at a South Asian equivalent to Dodecad & Eurogenes BGA. It is now public and in the data collection phase. You can read the whole thing here: This is the feed: If your ancestry is from these nations: Afghanistan Bangladesh Bhutan Burma India Iran Maldives Nepal Pakistan […]

Denis Dutton, 1944-2010

Professor, web entrepreneur Denis Dutton dies. Readers of this weblog probably know him for Arts & Letters Daily and The Art Instinct. I never knew the man personally, but he made an impact on me through his website and articles. We shared friends, and I was proud when Arts & Letters Daily put this website […]

Romans & gods, Athens & Jerusalem

Ross Douthat’s latest column in The New York Times comes back somewhat to an exchange we had a little over five years ago. He concludes his column: Or to put it another way, Christians need to find a way to thrive in a society that looks less and less like any sort of Christendom — […]

This book is a big *wow*

War in Human Civilization is an awesomely well written and dense book. Like The Horse, the Wheel, and Language it is a scholarly work which stays broadly engaging and relevant to a wider audience than specialists. Highly recommended if you have some spare time over Christmas. This is naturally not a endorsement of every claim […]

Extraordinary claims about arsenic

Rosie Redfield has a “must read” post, Arsenic-associated bacteria (NASA’s claims). I won’t excerpt it, read the whole thing. To me it is very interesting that many pieces of her critique are ones I’ve encountered in emails or Facebook postings. She stitches them together into a coherent whole. She’ll be writing a letter to Science. […]