the anti vaccination movement basically consists of random people with no knowledge of medicine going “I can medicine better than doctors” and it would be hilarious if it wasn’t literally killing people

you dont need vaccines, I havent had any and Im still doing great

wow, what a compelling argument. you’ve got me

in other news, i am still alive therefore death must be a myth

April 16 2014   •   73035   •   VIA   •   SRC
#science   #political   



Painfully accurate model of the solar system if the moon were the size of a single pixel.

The wit is absolutely fantastic.

This is the most amazing thing ever! :D

April 15 2014   •   819   •   VIA   •   SRC
#SPACE STUFF   #science   #v cool   
April 12 2014   •   12326   •   VIA   •   SRC

My favorite silly gene names


On the heels of this post detailing the adorable story of the hedgehog gene, here’s some more of my favorite silly gene names, and the mutant reasons their redonkulous names:

  • tinman - Mutants do not develop a heart (Fruit fly)
  • dreadlocks - Causes photoreceptors to sprout dreadlock-like axon projections (Fruit fly)
  • tribbles - Causes out of control cell division (Fruit fly)
  • maggie - Larvae never mature (Fruit fly)
  • hamlet - Affects a type of sensory cell called “IIB” (Fruit fly)
  • dunce - Affects learning and memory (Fruit fly)
  • smaug - Represses Nanos, which means “dwarf” (Fruit fly)
  • groucho - Excessive bristles on the face (Fruit fly)
  • ken and barbie - Lack of external genitalia (Fruit fly)
  • indy - Stands for “I’m not dead yet”, a la Monty Python (Fruit fly)
  • lush and cheap date - Affect alcohol metabolism (Fruit fly)
  • RING - A protein segment that comes from “really interesting new gene”
  • tigger and pogo - Two families of transposable elements, or pieces of DNA that can jump around genomes (Multiple species)
  • kryptonite and superman - Kryptonite represses superman, which causes extra stamens to form in flowers (Arabadopsis)
  • Yuri gagarin - Protein involved in sensing gravity (Fruit fly)
  • callipyge - Leads to formation of large, round buttocks in sheep (from Greek for “beautiful buttocks”)
  • chablis, frascati, merlot, retsina, riesling, cabernet, grenache, chardonnay, chianti, pinotage, sauternes, weissherbst, zinfandel - A set of genes found to inhibit blood cell formation. Get it? Red and white?! (Zebrafish)

I think these would make an excellent art project, all you artistically-and-scientifically inclined people out there. Any of your favorites that I missed?

April 10 2014   •   823   •   VIA   •   SRC


At TEDxYouth@Manchester, genetics researcher Dan Davis introduces the audience to compatibility genes — key players in our immune system’s functioning, and the reason why it’s so difficult to transplant organs from person to person: one’s compatibility genes must match another’s for a transplant to take.

To learn more about these fascinating genes, watch the whole talk here»

(Images from Davis’s talk, Drew Berry’s animations, and the TED-Ed lessons A needle in countless haystacks: Finding habitable worlds - Ariel Anbar and How we conquered the deadly smallpox virus - Simona Zompi)

April 10 2014   •   12104   •   VIA   •   SRC

I am a scientist who will forever quote Patrick Stump on this


I am a scientist who will forever quote Patrick Stump on this

April 09 2014   •   4349   •   VIA   •   SRC





Dawn the Fox wags her tail

This keeps popping up on my dash, and every time I see it I get more and more frustrated. 

First of all, it is stupid as fuck to put your bare hand in a wild animal’s mouth. I don’t care how long it’s been with you, or whether it’s “domesticated” or not. It’s stupid, and you’re asking for broken bones and stitches, and I will not feel bad for you, because you deserved it. 

Second, that’s not playing. It’s appeasement behavior. It’s a submissive reaction intended to stop a more dominant animal from attacking. The squinted eyes, the “grin”, the vigorous tail wag, the way her legs are tucked against her body, the fact that her ears are pinned back against her head, the arched and curved body, and the exposure of her throat and belly are all pretty classic indications of fear. 

She’s terrified. And she’s a wild animal whose behavior cannot be extrapolated from the behavior of humans or domestic dogs.

The video comes from a wildlife sanctuary, where the fox lives because she is apparently non-releasable. That’s awesome. I’m all about protecting wildlife if they can’t survive on their own. But even if a wild animal has lived among humans for decades, they’re still wild, and need to be treated as such. 

I’m reblogging this from myself because this stupid video is back, and it makes me crazy.

This annoyed me when I thought it was from a owner of a “domestic” fox… but the fact that it’s from a wildlife sanctuary? Ugh. They should know better. This is infuriating. 

Dear Humans,
Please stop projecting behavioral signals from one species onto another. Each species (heck many times each individual) has specific behavioral cues for fear, affiliation, play, aggression, etc. Forgetting or ignoring species behavioral (and other) differences is how both humans and animals get hurt. 
Please and thank you,
Your (usually) friendly neighborhood Ethologist

April 09 2014   •   97173   •   VIA   •   SRC
#science   #animals   
April 08 2014   •   137   •   VIA   •   SRC
There is an error in the original post. That there's a 1:2:1 ratio of PHENOTYPES? They meant genotypes, I think. But you can't just know that from looking at the plants. They should have said a 3:1 ratio of phenotypes, I believe.

that is true, it would be a genotypic ratio. i didn’t even notice that. 

and while it would have been more technically correct to do a phenotypic ratio, I have no idea how to make a “no homo” joke from it, so…

idk man i thought it was clever

oi like that post literally says the “progeny expressed” which i think is inherently indicative of a cross to see what the parents were come on ppl this is like basic genetics

April 07 2014   •   0