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243 full human genomes sequenced per second

243 full human genomes sequenced per second
blogs.discovermagazine.com — MIT Technology Review has one of those articles about the exponential growth rate in the number of people who have been fully sequenced. There's nothing too exceptional in the piece. You do have to be careful about 10 year projections, especially if they're exponential. But this part caught my eye: " At this exponential pace, ...

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Heritability and why Parents (but not Parenting) Matter

Heritability and why Parents (but not Parenting) Matter
quillette.com — "...Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle." - Alice from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll Like Alice, we've all pondered the question: "who am I?" Moreover, we often couple it with the reasonable companion query: "how did I get to be this way."

Religion determines politics for Asian Americans

Religion determines politics for Asian Americans
blogs.discovermagazine.com — I was at ASHG this week, so I've followed reactions to the election passively. But one thing I've seen is repeated commentary on the fact that Asian Americans have swung toward the Democrats over the past generation. The thing that pisses me off is that there is a very obvious low-hanging fruit sort of explanation ...

Distribution of a religious meme

Distribution of a religious meme
gnxp.com — This whole conversion story in Afghanistan has been in the news recently. The Christian Science Monitor attempts to put the issue of conversion from Islam to another religion in an international perspective.

How to use the General Social Survey

How to use the General Social Survey
blogs.discovermagazine.com — I few years ago I complained that no one was using the General Social Survey web interface for blogging, a practice which probably can be traced back to the Inductivist (yes, social scientists use the GSS constantly, but they use it to publish papers, not blog posts).

Rumors of the death of consumer genomics are greatly exaggerated

Rumors of the death of consumer genomics are greatly exaggerated
genomebiology.com — The idea of computation is not new. Gottfried Leibniz in the 17th century had already outlined its basic elements in a formal sense [ 1], though one could argue that various mechanical calculating devices in Classical Antiquity and in Imperial China prefigured the difference engines of later ages [ 2].

Dolezal's delusion: Column

Dolezal's delusion: Column
usatoday.com — Contrary to much of the racial identity debate, race is far from a social construct. The saga of Rachel Dolezal, who recently resigned as president of the Spokane, Wash., chapter of the NAACP after it was revealed that she was dishonest about her racial identity, sparked yet another national debate on issues of race in America, until it was eclipsed by events in Charleston.

The Religious Right’s Blank Slate Fallacy & The Duggars

The Religious Right’s Blank Slate Fallacy & The Duggars
unz.com — It's easy to point out the cultural Left's adherence to all sorts of social constructionisms. My post Men Are Stronger Than Women (On Average) has a lot of Google juice because it now gets cited online a fair amount in arguments...because people are obviously taking the converse position (not that women are stronger, but that [...]

Grafts along the human bramble

Grafts along the human bramble
unz.com — Nature published a paper recently, New species from Ethiopia further expands Middle Pliocene hominin diversity, which seems to complicate the deep history of the hominin lineage. More precisely, it gets curiouser and curiouser, as the number of human(ish) groups proliferates. Honestly I don't know well this will hold up, a lot of science seems to [...]
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May 04, 2016

The Last Glacial Maximum dictated Europe’s genetic history: The map and chart above is from The genetic hist... bit.ly/1rlMCIk

May 03, 2016

@pastramimachine @ras_nielsen @Graham_Coop well, i mean if u look in graphs in supp all sources are non-east eurasian clade...

May 03, 2016

@pastramimachine @ras_nielsen @Graham_Coop think they assume that only major admixture pulse in west eurasians. these r west eurasian mostly

May 03, 2016

RT @ras_nielsen: New software for admixture analyses, detection of selection, and inference of population trees: github.com/jade-cheng/oha…. Help us test it.

May 03, 2016

RT @ras_nielsen: @Graham_Coop @razibkhan The correspondence between their data and our predictions are quite good. pic.twitter.com/Y1px5qOn3s

May 03, 2016

RT @ras_nielsen: @Graham_Coop @razibkhan But the correct function is non-linear. Better prediction is approx. 10% initial admixture as in…

May 03, 2016

Villabruna cluster seems to emerge on graphs like athena fully formed on prehistory's stage. hhhmmm... ;-) cc: @iosif_lazaridis

May 03, 2016

@Graham_Coop alright, i c what i mean ;-) should have used -fold terminology


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