Another study on PCNT’s role in brain development

That new paper on PCNT's role in microcephaly I just covered this afternoon has really sparked my interests. I have done a bit more digging around and came across another very recent paper, published about two weeks ago in Nature Genetics on PCNT's role in inducing Seckel syndrome when it is nonfunctional. From OMIM, Seckel... Continue Reading →

Is the Homo floresiensis phenotype due to mutations in the PCNT gene?

Again with more confusing back and forthing.... but this time we leave the Neandertals and focus in on debate over whether or not Homo floresiensis is a novel species. New research published in Science, focuses in on the discovery of a mutation in a gene that causes a rare growth condition called MOPD II. People... Continue Reading →

New York Times Profiles Ralph Holloway

The New York Times is running a profile of Ralph Holloway, a paleoanthropologist that specializes in brain evolution, one of my favorite subtopics in anthropology. The piece is written by Michael Balter, and it overviews his current project research with Homo floresiensis. In a nutshell, Holloway is on the fence about whether or not Homo... Continue Reading →

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