T. Ryan Gregory has posted a transcript of a BBC Radio 4 programme featuring ENCODE’s Ewan Birney – he discusses the 80% functional genome flap (BBC interview with Ewan Birney | Genomicron). You can hear the original broadcast. It’s just a shame they puffed up the 80% claim in the first place.
Those of us who are biologists with interests in genetics and genome biology were somewhat taken aback by ENCODE’s claim last year that around 80% of the human genome was functional, a claim that flew in the face of evidence that a very large proportion had no known function, and was regarded as ‘junk’. That
From Stars to Stalagmites – How everything connects World Scientific 2012 ISBN 13 978 981 4324 97 7 Paul S. Braterman* I am a pretty avid reader of popular science books, but generally speaking I’ve mostly read books with a general emphasis on biology, particularly evolutionary biology. From Stars to Stalagmites is therefore a bit
This link arrived via the HHMI Twitter feed – Sean R. Eddy’s FAQ on Junk DNA: The C-value paradox, junk DNA, and ENCODE. The HHMI tweet refers to this as an upcoming Current Biology article. It’s a spectacularly clear and lucid exposition in a historical context of what junk DNA is. It clearly explains why
Dr Alastair Noble has penned a rather defensive article at the C4ID website, in response to James Williams’ recent blog concerning some radio discussions he had had with Noble (Intelligent Design Creationism is not Science). Unlike Williams’ blog (and this one), the C4ID website does not brook any comment, preferring to push their line of reasoning
Melanie Phillips has in my opinion dug herself into a bit of a hole over the last few days, writing an opinion piece in The Spectator (Creating an insult to intelligence) concerning Intelligent Design (a subject she does seem ill-equipped to comment on), and after it got rather rubbished (by people who are better qualified),
Stephen Green, the batty bloke behind Christian Voice, resurfaced this week (after a glorious period of silence) as one of the complainants over the Corrie-creationism brouhaha. Coincidentally, I notice that The Lay Scientist, who’s been blogging lately about The Daily Mail and its bizarre campaign against vaccination (oddly this appears to be restricted to it’s
Responses to the new guidelines for science education in Texas seem divided. The Freethinker blog takes the optimistic view (Evolution trumps creationism in Texas), saying: The State Board of Education stripped two provisions from proposed science standards that would have raised questions about key principles of the theory of evolution. The sections, according to this