Pseudo Random News and Comment – ENCODE edition

A major step forward in understanding the human genome and the future of medicine. Screw the economic and market news, this is important. Summary piece first, then more details:

Breakthrough study overturns theory of ‘junk DNA’ in genome

Another Science Hurricane: A Massive Survey of the Genome  Links to some alternate interpretations

ENCODE project: Researchers unlock disease information hidden in genome’s control circuitry

ENCODE project: Millions of DNA switches that power human genome’s operating system discovered

ENCODE project: In massive genome analysis new data suggests ‘gene’ redefinition

ENCODE project: Yale team finds order amidst the chaos within the human genome

ENCODE project: Researchers catalogue functional elements of the genome

Llama Llama Get With Mama: The Magical Semen Ingredient that Makes the Ladies Swoon (Then Ovulate) The other big science news is they’ve probably found the ingredient behind the long-postulated effect. Battle of the sexes is fought on many levels.

Fathers who sleep closer to children have lower testosterone levels So having kids = partial castration. Seems like I read marriage has a similar effect, so together it may result in total castration.

Worst year ever for West Nile in Texas; 40 dead  Plus at least 495 cases of the neuroinvasive form. Where’s that mosquito death ray?

Pirate Bay Founder Arrest Followed By $59m Swedish Aid Package For Cambodia I wonder if Assange checked Ecuador’s fiscal position before requesting asylum?

12 Scary Signs That It’s Time to Leave Your Company  Before they leave you. “Rough patch” + closed door meetings = Run!

Lucky Us: Toilet Paper Priced Like Airline Tickets? Maintaining maximum browser privacy eliminates some of the customized pricing, as does not logging in when you check prices.

Decreased breast cancer risk linked to active lifestyle  Have to get at least one benefit of exercise link in. Yes, it’s a bias I have.

More on lying and cheating:

Study: We lie when we’re short on time or feel justified to do so

Harvard and the politics of large-scale cheating  Ariely reverse engineers the recipe.


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