Archives mensuelles : mai 2013

Don’t complain about NCBI taxonomy, improve it!

This morning I have learnt that NCBI taxonomy has added the term Dipnotetrapodomorpha, following a demand which I made four days ago on behalf of our database Bgee. More details on the Bgee blog. I would like to add a … Continuer la lecture

Publié dans bioinformatics, evolution | Marqué avec | Un commentaire

A population genetics test for Junk DNA

A short note after reading Dan Graur’s latest series of angry posts about the misuse of Junk DNA or of its death: one two three. Population genetics tells us that selection is more efficient in larger populations. Consequently, and on … Continuer la lecture

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Is it really more expensive for a journal to be more selective?

A frequent point raised in the discussion about open access it that it would cost much more per published paper in more selective journals, for example in this Nature News Feature. I’ve never seen this broken down in detail, but … Continuer la lecture

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How many paradigm shifts in the history of biology?

Dan Graur, in his usual interesting style, has raised the valid point that the « paradigm shift » terminology popularized by Thomas Kuhn has become way over-used. Every field seems to undergo several a year: Paradigm Shifting and Necrophiliac Fantasies about Thomas … Continuer la lecture

Publié dans epistemology | 5 commentaires