Tag Archives: genetics

A Sense of Smell

6 Sep

Olfaction is not one of the topics most people look forward to with bated breath when going into a neuroscience course; at least, that hasn’t been my experience. Most people (often myself included) are looking out for the trendier stuff — consciousness, phantom limbs, schizophrenia, hallucinations. But it should come as no surprise that the neuroscience of olfaction, or the sense of smell, is both a hotbed of current research and a fascinating area of study. The 2004 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Linda Buck and Richard Axel for their discovery of the family of genes (about 1,000 genes total) which code for olfactory receptors in humans.

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Music of the Helices

12 Aug

I don’t even know what I can add to this: There is a musical version of The Selfish Gene.

It’s running for 8 more days in Edinburgh. This is problematic on a number of levels, the most obvious being that I have already used up my spontaneous-adventure-vacation for this year on the Shuttle launch in July.

The article I linked to above states that “The show condenses The Selfish Gene into 70 minutes of catchy songs, innuendo and laughs as well as science: no mean feat.” My only question is: WHY is this not already a major genre, à la “space western”?

And before you ask, I have searched extensively and in vain for youtube clips of this show. Where there’s life, there’s hope, I suppose.

(Found via Friendly Atheist)