Thursday, November 01, 2007

Science news stories from around the web

Washoe, the chimpanzee who had learned ASL, died Tuesday. Though chimpanzees have a variant of the FOXP2 gene, which is involved in speech ability, this isn't a barrier to learning a language.

The cat genome has been sequenced, though news stories insist on using the term "decoded". The DNA code was "decoded" in the 1960s. Genomes are sequenced, read, searched, annotated, or copied, etc. The cryptographic metaphors are so, like, 50 years ago. And in case you aren't a cat person, the dog genome was sequenced in 2004.

Craig Venter was on The Colbert Report Tuesday night talking about his autobiography, personal genomics, synthetic biology, and God's horrible mistakes. Good stuff. Several science bloggers have the video available in posts: The Tree of Life, and Eye on DNA among others feature the clip.

No comments: