Monkey Trials go on and on

February 25, 2019

In 1993 I participated in series of debates held in Dallas on the topic of evolutionary theory, and whether the notion of “intelligent design” disproved the principle tenants of Darwinian theory. The meeting was put together by the Foundation for Thought and Ethics in Richardson TX.  I took part with a good deal of trepidation, since I was aware that the Foundation was a religious organization with strongly anti-evolution viewpoints. I was convinced to do so as I knew the scientists who were  the “pro-evolution” side, and I was aware that they had solid scientific credentials.  ...

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Remaking the scientific grant process

October 10, 2018

No one could say that science isn’t big business. According to the current issue of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, annual expenditu...

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Hippos Take Over Colombia

July 10, 2018


Dr. Ian Malcom, the dour mathematician in the Jurassic Park franchise played by Jeff Goldblum, is constantly remonstrating about the awesome power of genetics, “Life Cannot be contained!” Well, if th...

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The Warrior Gene

March 14, 2018

Recently there has been a good deal of coverage in the popular media of the so-called “warrior gene”, presumable a variant of the gene coding for the enzyme monamine oxidase, which metabolizes neurotransmitters. &n...

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Eliminating Invasive Mammalian Pests with CRISPR/gene drive

January 22, 2018

Rats and other non-native mammalian species have been a scorge on New Zealand's indigenous wildlife for centuries, and have proven virtually impossible to eliminate. Now, scientists at the University of Scotland's Roslin Institute and at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts have proposed a radica...

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