Posts byErika Anderson

Who asks questions at conferences? It depends on the gender of the speaker

While attending conferences this summer, I learned a lot about biology, but I also learned something about biologists. Presentations at these conferences follow a consistent format, with the researcher presenting PowerPoint slides describing their newest findings and the research’s significance. The speaker customarily concludes by acknowledging collaborators and funding sources, and a polite round of
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Hot streak: how rising temperatures are skewing some animals’ sex ratios

In the 1993 film Jurassic Park, characters create a theme park populated with cloned dinosaurs that purportedly will not reproduce because they are all female. When the skeptical chaos theorist Dr. Malcolm voices concerns, the park’s lead geneticist Dr. Wu explains, “We control their chromosomes. It’s really not that difficult.” Of course, controlling sex determination—the
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