Tagged: genetics

So what is a gene, exactly? - Chicken or Egg

Hilary Miller Dec 13, 2009

Ever wondered just what a “gene” is, exactly? Well turns out that even geneticists are wondering the same thing these days, as they learn more about the genome and find that the concept of what comprises a gene is becoming more and more vague. This months BioScience journal has an interesting (open-access) article on how the definition of a gene [...] … Read More

What good is a genome anyway? - Chicken or Egg

Hilary Miller Sep 30, 2009

I read an interesting post by Olivia Judson at the New York Times blog a few weeks ago, which asked if you could sequence any genome, what would you choose?  Olivia’s choice was the coelacanth- a worthy choice, given that the coelacanth may represent the ancestor of all tetrapods (the amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals).  No prizes [...] … Read More