Man, does that middle-of-the-week holiday thing mess up the routine, or what? I’m not sure what day of the week it is anymore…

In the “we’re living science fiction” department, conservationists are calling for a worldwide network of DNA banks, to hold the genetic information from endangered species.

In the “is the DNA in your cells really yours?” department, the Scottish firm that attracted attention for cloning the sheep Dolly is getting some new attention. Turns out they inserted a woman’s DNA into some transgenic sheep without her permission. This, of course, raises all kinds of interesting and thorny questions, but the big one (for me) is whether you own your own DNA, or just hold it in trust for the species. For example, if testing revealed that a person’s DNA contained the sequence for a protein that could cure most cancers, but that person was opposed to genetic engineering (for religious reasons, say), could that person stop the development of a medicine that could save many, many people’s lives? Any thoughts?

In a not-completely-unrelated vein, some evolutionary psychologists are suggesting that rape is a male strategy designed to get around lack of access to fertile females (because other men are monopolizing them). Haven’t seen the data, but I instinctively suspect that the numbers of reported rapes are still dwarfed by non-reports, and furthermore, that children of rape are even more under-reported — all of which could undermine the conclusions of this report. And that’s not even getting into the sociological dimensions of this…which I kinda hope someone better qualified will remark on.

Just like Wes and Cam, I’ve joined Advogato. I held off mentioning it, because I didn’t want to seem like I was trolling for certifications, but someone has independently certified me, so now I feel free to spill the beans. There’s some interesting stuff going on over there, if you’re into that whole Open Source development thing…

In the “Boy, remember when McCain seemed reasonable” category, everybody’s favorite Arizona senator is a co-sponsor of a new bill that would require all media to be labelled on the basis of violence. First amendment? We don’t need no steekin’ first amendment…

I started a mailing list for BOP; if you’re at all interested in a database-backed Perl-driven web content management system, come hang out. I’d love to hear from people who’ve given the not-quite-alpha release a go, but anybody is welcome. This is your chance to drive feature development towards things you’d like to see…

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