I’m fond of saying that while scientists often have a hankering to draw sketches, pen novels, compose songs, or carry out other acts of artistic...


Not IF, we can help it

September 16, 2016

Perhaps no topic has had more ink spilled by biobloggers – especially if you include electrons dripping out of laptops – than the tyranny of...


An executive decision

August 31, 2016

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Tracey DePellegrin as the new Executive Director of the GSA. Tracey has been the Executive Editor of...


Beyond genetics

August 16, 2016

I’m just back from a week-long vacation in magnificent southeast Alaska, nestled up against British Columbia. Off remote Chichagof Island, humpback whales surrounded us, so...


Seventh Heaven

August 1, 2016

The recent Brexit vote may initiate a break up of the European Union and a split in the United Kingdom. Violence and war is tearing...


One of Shakespeare’s First Folios was recently on loan from the Folger Library to Seattle, and my wife and I went to view it. You...


My apologies for this blog post to Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, who collaborated with Sir Arthur Sullivan on a series of comic operas that included...


Let’s connect

June 16, 2016

In my thirty plus years as a faculty member I’ve had a lot of people in tears sitting in my office. Too many to tally,...


We biologists can be a credit-hungry lot. Getting a paper into press that shows we were first to make a discovery best satisfies our appetite...


Keep Talking

May 16, 2016

As a geneticist, when I get asked by a friend or neighbor to explain what I do for a living more than just being a...