Category Archives: Center for Environmental Genetics

Epigenetic Regulator CoREST Controls Social Behavior in Brain of Ants

Eusocial insects (showing an advanced level of social organization, in which a single female produces offspring, and nonreproductive individuals cooperate in caring for the young) are among the most successful taxa (taxonomic group such as a species, family, or class) … Continue reading

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Effect of tolerance on evolution of antibiotic resistance — under drug-combination therapy

Antimicrobial resistance clearly fits our theme (gene-environment interactions) in these GEITP pages. The environmental signal (to the bacterium) is a drug that threatens its survival; genes in the genome (along with epigenetic effects) respond to this threat by inducing a … Continue reading

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Chinese Scientist Who Gene-Edited Babies Is Sent to Prison

This article pasted below (Wall Street Journal, Dec 30th) is a follow-up on a GEITP news article we shared last April — on the Chinese scientist who genetically-engineered twin embryos in utero (via CRISPR/Cas9 technology) so that the twin girls … Continue reading

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Recurrent functional misinterpretation of RNA-Seq data caused by sample-specific gene length bias

These days, researchers can easiy analyze profiles of entire tissue, or even one-cell, transcriptomes (sum total of all messenger RNA molecules expressed from all genes in the sample). This used to be carried out by expression microarrays, but now RNA-sequencing … Continue reading

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‘Cancel Culture’ Comes to Science

These GEITP pages continue to discuss the various aspects of fraud and corruption in science. Pasted below a Wall Street Journal article written by the President of the National Association of Scholars. He describes an incredible story about simply trying … Continue reading

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How should we define a “predatory journal”… ????

Below is more correspondence, plus a “confession of one who was recently duped.” For any “journal” (that has been launched since ~2010), one should check its credentials on multiple internet sites (I’ve seen sites in which comments of those who … Continue reading

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The Great Oxidation Event and the Lomagundi Event might have both occurred by tectonic plate movements about 2.5 billion years ago

These GEITP pages have often discussed events during evolution — which in fact occurs because of gene-environment interactions. Once the original nucleic acid formed “the first gene” (more than 4 billion years ago), all genes ever since have diverged and … Continue reading

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The University’s New Loyalty Oath

This EXCELLENT article appears in the Wall Street Journal online evening of Dec 19, out in print morning of Dec 20. THIS (very sad) story is what I’m seeing more and more of, at the University of Cincinnati. And it … Continue reading

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VDH ~ How America’s Students Need to Get ‘Woke’

This is an incredibly powerful summary of what has happened to our nation’s colleges and universities during the past three decades — eloquently and sincerely written by a Stanford professor who knows what is happening. Brilliant observations from one who … Continue reading

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Happy Holiday Season

Happy Holiday Season THESE GEITP PAGES WISH EVERYONE A JOYOUS HANUKKAH AND A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020. OUR SHARING OF SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES — WILL RESUME AFTER THE FIRST OF THE YEAR. 😊 DwN

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