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Steven Pinker on genes and the Ashkenazi Jewish population | The New Republic
Many Jews subscribe to a folk theory that attributes Jewish intelligence to what would have to be the weirdest example of sexual selection in the living world: that for generations in the shtetl, the brightest yeshiva boy was betrothed to the daughter of the richest man, thereby favoring the genes, if such genes there are, for Talmudic pilpul.
pinker  israel  evolution  genetics  argument  read-later 
3 days ago by kmt
There's No Scientific Basis for Race—It's a Made-Up Label
It's been used to define and separate people for millennia. But the concept of race is not grounded in genetics.
race  genetics 
6 days ago by zesteur
Life as a Nonviolent Psychopath - The Atlantic
Essentially, the researcher has the same brain as a psychopath but didn't turn into one because of his upbringing and environment.
psychology  sociopath  genes  genetics  parenting  environment 
7 days ago by emmacarlson
Astronaut's gene expression no longer same as his identical twin, NASA finds
7% of astronaut Scott Kelly's genetic expression -- how his genes function within cells -- did not return to baseline after his return to Earth two years ago.The study looks at what happened to Kelly before, during and after he spent one year aboard the International Space Station through an extensive comparison with his identical twin, Mark, who remained on Earth.Though Scott Kelly's genetic expression changed, he and Mark are still identical. Changes in gene expression are how the human body reacts to the environment. Kelly's transformation suggests longer-term alterations related to at least five biological pathways and functions.
medical  genetics 
7 days ago by thomas.kochi
Barbara Engelhardt’s Statistical Search for Genomic Truths | Quanta Magazine
The computer scientist Barbara Engelhardt develops machine-learning models and methods to scour human genomes for the elusive causes and mechanisms of disease
articles  genetics  machine_learning 
7 days ago by gmisra

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