What we're reading

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As we head into the weekend, here’s a few things we’ve noticed that might be worth your screen-time:
Scientific pubs
Online early at Genetics: “Demographic inference using spectral methods on SNP data, with an analysis of the human out-of-Africa expansion,” by Sergio Lukic and Jody Hey, presents an analytic method for estimating the expected frequency spectrum of SNP data collected from multiple populations, given various historical demographic scenarios. DOI: 10.1534/genetics.112.141846.
 
Science news
Don’t like the reviews on your last paper? Maybe you should write your own.
The U.S. presidential candidates respond to questions about basic science.
A big new study of transcription across the human genome finds a lot of activity in noncoding regions, which manages to confuse a lot of the popular science media.
Adorable kid cavorting with marmots isn’t really that special. Sorry?

About Jeremy Yoder

Jeremy B. Yoder is an Assistant Professor of Biology at California State University Northridge, studying the evolution and coevolution of interacting species, especially mutualists. He is a collaborator with the Joshua Tree Genome Project and the Queer in STEM study of LGBTQ experiences in scientific careers. He has written for the website of Scientific American, the LA Review of Books, the Chronicle of Higher Education, The Awl, and Slate.
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