Open thread, June 16th, 2013

By Razib Khan | June 16, 2013 6:47 pm

It’s father’s day. I stated earlier I can’t remember what it was like to not have my daughter in my life, but it is still strange to me that I’m a father, of all people.

For the record, I don’t think we should intervene in Syria at all. Most Americans seem to agree with me. But it may not matter. The establishment may force intervention.

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  • Robert Ford

    Thought this was a really interesting study:
    “So a knockout of MC4R creates obese mice. A knockout of SAPAP3
    creates overgrooming mice. You might think that if you combined the two
    knockouts, you would get severely obese mice that also overgroomed. But you don’t. Instead, you get mice that, to all appearances, seem completely normal. No obesity. No overgrooming.”

    leopard fight!

    • Sandgroper

      Is there a gene they can knock out that makes the mice go and get themselves covered in tattoos?

  • Florida_resident

    God (or any other entity of your choice) bless the Father, the Mother and the Daughter of this nice family.
    Thank you for your opinion re Syria, which I humbly share.
    Your F.r.


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I have degrees in biology and biochemistry, a passion for genetics, history, and philosophy, and shrimp is my favorite food. In relation to nationality I'm a American Northwesterner, in politics I'm a reactionary, and as for religion I have none (I'm an atheist). If you want to know more, see the links at


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