Category Genetics

Linus and Lucy?

George and Martha? Bill and Hillary? Mark Antony and Cleopatra? Well, none really. But if you had to pick one of these couples, A, B, C, or D – which makes the most sense? A – Linus and Lucy; brother and sister and supposedly full sibs. The seedlings shown here are hybrid corn seedlings. Single […]

How much is enough?

The world of global industrial agriculture is a commercial effort on a grand scale. While tempting, it really is too big a boast to suggest industrial ag might feed us all.  Clearly there are billions who feed themselves without a significant contribution from industrial ag interests.  But whether such a grandiose boast is tenable or […]

Weekend follies, RNA-seq, Photosystem I, or the fate of ill-founded optimism at the hands of natural selection.

Please vote for one of the four topics listed in the title, the winner being our subject for the moment.  Well, we’re waiting… Ok, the tally please… Oh my – this is special.  It seems we have a four-way tie.  Fine then, I will endeavor to weave a piece incorporating all four subjects. Last week […]

Strawberry Fields Forever

John Lennon wrote: “Nothing is real/And nothing to get hung about” John was from England.  Apparently some folks in California didn’t share his philosophy.  Indeed their discord had risen to a point where they ended up in court.  The University of California, Davis got into it with the California Strawberry Commission (CSC).  At least no one […]

Who moved my heritability, and why should you care?

If I may be allowed to riff on Spencer Johnson’s very interesting title: ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’  let’s have a go at teasing apart a phenomenon gathering some serious interest among geneticists, and others concerned with heritability and why it so often seems to have gone missing. Missing heritability has stormed to the front of […]