The meeting review for the Third International Volvox Conference is now available online at Molecular Ecology (doi: 10.1111/mec.13551). The editors warned me ahead of time that the challenge for this paper would be to make it of broad interest to the readership of Molecular Ecology, so there is a lot of background information that will be old news to members […]
Monthly archives for January, 2016
If you need more Volvox-themed clothing (and who doesn’t?), by ribosoma biological designs has you covered. They’re available in long-sleeved or short-sleeved. I don’t know how long these will take to ship from Spain, but if you didn’t get one of the super-cool shirts from the Volvox meeting, now’s your chance!
Wesley J. Smith’s latest post on Evolution News and Views complains of “The Arrogance of ‘Doctor Knows Best’” when it comes to end-of-life care. I find complaints about the arrogance of doctors ironic in light of the fact that each of Howard Glicksman’s posts on the same website begin with the following editor’s note: Physicians have a […]
At the Philosophy of Science Association meeting in Chicago, I attended an interesting talk by Karen Kovaka, “Biological Individuality and Scientific Practice” (the abstract of her talk is here). Now the paper arising from that talk is out in the journal Philosophy of Science. It argues that biologists do not need to resolve the question of what constitutes […]
From taking Andrew Weil’s vitamin evaluation*, I am signed up for his email newsletter, which today included the above announcement of a “Mind-body wellness workshop” he is headlining along with Dr. Woo himself, Deepak Chopra (see “On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit“). The workshop promises to help participants …integrate easy-to-master Ayurvedic healing techniques, which originated […]
Old, but new to me: a deeply insightful critique of Will Ratcliff[e]’s original yeast experiment. “These clusters that survive the centrifuge don’t survive as well in real life, but their characteristics allow them to survive better…in a centrifuge.” He has found the fatal flaw: organisms adapted to one environment do poorly in other environments. Why did […]