Category Archives: Evolution

Matt Hahn @3rdreviewer talk at #UCDavis – pen and paper notes

Matt Hahn was at UC Davis giving a talk yesterday. Yes @3rdreviewer has arrived at #UCDavis #holobiont #epigenetics #aquarius pic.twitter.com/yirR4rWdio — Jonathan Eisen (@phylogenomics) October 6, 2016 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js I did not have my laptop available so took notes with – … Continue reading

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Nina Jablonski talk at #UCDavis on Evolution of Skin Pigmentation

//storify.com/phylogenomics/nina-jablonski-talk-at-ucdavis/embed?template=slideshow//storify.com/phylogenomics/nina-jablonski-talk-at-ucdavis.js?template=slideshow[View the story “Nina Jablonski talk at #UCDavis on Evolution of Skin Pigmentation” on Storify] ——– This is from the “Tree of Life Blog” of Jonathan Eisen, an evolutionary biologist and Open Access advocate at the University of California, Davis. … Continue reading

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Tandy Warnow at #UCDavis on species trees and gene trees

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Notes from Searching for Life meeting Dec 2015 #NewLife15

I helped organize this meeting that happened Dec 16-17 in Pacifica, CA. It was mainly organized by people from DOE-JGI and Global Viral. Officially titled “Exploring Diversity of Life.” //storify.com/phylogenomics/new-life-meeting/embed?template=slideshow//storify.com/phylogenomics/new-life-meeting.js?template=slideshow[View the story “New Life meeting Dec 16-17 2015” on Storify] … Continue reading

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BLAST from the past – a bit of history behind Craig Pikaard’s discovery in 2000 of RNA Pol IV in Arabidopsis

I saw this post by Craig Pikaard on Facebook and it brought back some memories: New paper from my lab in which we identified the RNAs made by RNA Polymerase IV, an enzyme we discovered ~15 years ago. Took us … Continue reading

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Wrap up of talk by Rich Lenski at UC Davis

Rich Lenski gave a talk today at UC Davis – part of a two talk series. This was a presentation more for the public and tomorrow he gives one more for the science crowd. Today’s talk was a really nice … Continue reading

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Horizontal gene transfer into humans? I am not convinced. Full text of my comments to reporters here

Some news stories about a new paper claiming evidence for horizontal gene transfer into humans and other chordates. I got asked by many reporters about it and some used some of my email comments in their articles. See for example … Continue reading

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Repeated, extremely biased ratio of M:F at meetings from SFB 680 "Evolutionary Innovations" group #YAMMM

Well, this is disappointing, to say the least – there is a conference coming up in July 2015 on “Forecasting Evolution”:  SFB 680 | Molecular Basis of Evolutionary Innovations at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. Here is the listed lineup of … Continue reading

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A distasteful & disgraceful "Are there limits to evolution?" meeting at the University of Cambridge #YAMMM

Well, I saw this Tweet the other day Another for @phylogenomics‘s list of YAMMMs (Yet Another Mostly Male Mtg). Ratio = 1F speaker to 23M speakers. http://t.co/qgEfwtBS2B— Hopi Hoekstra (@hopihoekstra) September 16, 2014 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js And though there was a bit … Continue reading

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A special special issue of RNA Biology – dedicated to Carl Woese and Open Access too

A must read for, well, everyone out there: RNA Biology: Table of Contents for a special issue dedicated to / about Carl Woese.  The issue includes an amazing collection of papers: A special issue in memoriam of Carl Woese Renée Schroeder Page … Continue reading

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