Genomic Analysis of Identical Twins Finds Few Differences

Jon HerronThere's an intriguing paper in today's issue of Nature. Sergio E. Baranzini and colleagues looked at three pairs of identical twins, two female pairs and one male pair, in which one twin is healthy and the other has the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis. The researchers conducted the most detailed genetic analysis of monozygotic twin pairs to date.

Is a picture worth 1,000 words?

We all know that making someone a drawing is a great way to explain scientific ideas. Reviews of textbooks will talk about the quality of the diagrams, and our own virtual biology labs and interactive ecology chapters get high praise for how good the graphics are. Proselytizers of e-learning

Better Gene Discovery Through Evolutionary Reasoning

Jon HerronWhen I introduce evolution in class, I tell my students that the strongest evidence that Darwin was right is the success of modern biology. Evolution is the theoretical foundation upon which life science is built. The fact that that life science works so well suggests that its unifying theory has a thing or two going for it.

SimUText Ecology - replace your ecology textbook

If you've been following our blog, you've seen me make several posts about e-textbooks. One reason I've been following new developments closely is because we have been working on our own replacement for an ecology text. It's extremely gratifying, after a huge amount of work from a lot of people, to start going public with our SimUText Active Learning System and the SimBio Interactive Ecology Chapters which SimUText hosts.