The journal Nature has a review of the new book, Social by Nature: The Promise and Peril of Sociogenomics, by Catherine Bliss. The review is written by Nathaniel Comfort: “Nature still battles nurture in the haunting world of social genomics”. After reading the review I plan to read the book and bring some of this topic into my genetics course this semester. Comfort’s review presents Bliss’ book as a critical survey of work in social genomics.
An article in Gizmodo by Kristen Brown asks an uncomfortable question about today’s proliferating genomic ancestry industry: “How DNA Testing Botched My Family’s Heritage, and Probably Yours, Too”. Her family thought their ancestry was mostly Syrian, and they were surprised to get a very different assortment of results from different genome tests for ancestry. That’s not unusual, it happens a lot.
A new paper by Fiona Stewart and coworkers does a bit of forensic DNA analysis on tools made and used by chimpanzees: “DNA recovery from wild chimpanzee tools”. The authors collected termite fishing tools used by eastern chimpanzees in the Issa Valley, Tanzania. Over a span of two months, they kept track of thirty termite mounds, collecting any tools that the chimpanzees left there. They also collected fecal samples throughout the field site, identifying at least 67 individuals.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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