Discover Takes Top Two Quarks!

By Carl Zimmer | June 21, 2010 7:14 am

Congratulations to my colleague across the sea, Ed Yong, for scoring first place in 3 Quark Daily’s science prize. Yours truly snagged second place for my post on the Neanderthal genome. And a toast of the morning coffee to Margaret Morgan for her post on the evolution of chloroplasts.

I see an interesting pattern here. My piece focused on signs of interbreeding between humans and Neanderthals. Ed wrote about gut bacteria picking up genes from marine bacteria as an adaptation for eating sushi. And Morgan wrote about how protozoans gobbled up photosynthetic bacteria and gave rise to plants and green slugs and other wonders. I wonder if the judge, Richard Dawkins, has horizontal gene transfer on his mind? From The Selfish Gene to The Slippery Gene?

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Comments (5)

  1. NewEnglandBob

    Congratulations.

  2. Congrats Carl!

    Must say, were I a non-biology-blogging finalist, I’d be a bit unhappy…

  3. Hm… it does make you wonder…

    Congrats! It was an honor just to be in competition with you and Ed. Both of you are fantastic!

  4. Yes, the gene-focus of the winners does cause one to wonder about the overall objectivity of the judging — I would’ve liked to have seen more physics, cosmology, and/or neuroscience entries in the running… but having said that, you and Ed deserve high honors for the sheer quality and consistency of your ongoing efforts, apart from any single essays. Congrats!

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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.

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