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The Nobel Prize: Where Are the Women?

Anna Leahy | Posted 09.23.2013 | Science
Anna Leahy

The Nobel Prize is awarded in three science categories: physics, chemistry, and physiology or medicine. In 2012 each science prize was shared by a pair of researchers. Among this year's six laureates in these categories is the usual number of women: zero.

Why the 'Gene' Concept Holds Back Evolutionary Thinking

James A. Shapiro | Posted 01.30.2013 | Science
James A. Shapiro

DNA and molecular genetics have brought us to a fundamentally new conceptual understanding of genomes, how they are organized and how they function.

Further Thoughts on the ENCODE/Junk DNA Debates

James A. Shapiro | Posted 11.18.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

The interpretation of the ENCODE data as invalidating the "junk DNA" hypothesis was not a "media failure." It was the explicit conclusion of the ENCODE project scientists published in Nature.

Dan Hartl, Sewall Wright, and the Role of "Ecological Opportunity" in Evolution

James A. Shapiro | Posted 11.12.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

Molecular analysis of genome regulation and change have uncovered additional pathways for ecological input into the evolutionary process.

What Scientists Can Learn From Ballet

Sylvie Leotin | Posted 04.29.2012 | Science
Sylvie Leotin

Scientists attending a dance performance will undoubtedly relate to the physicality and geometry of dance. The movement through time, the geometry of interactions, the symmetry of the lines, the balance of the bodies. All these have parallels in the physical interactions that occur in every science, from astronomy and physics, to chemistry and biology.

What Is the Key to a Realistic Theory of Evolution?

James A. Shapiro | Posted 04.17.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

Was Darwin simply mistaken about the gradual nature of hereditary variation? Such ignorance would be unavoidable before we knew about Mendelian genetics and DNA. Or was there a deeper flaw in the theory that he (and Alfred Russell Wallace) propounded?