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John Dupré at the Biological Interest Group – Monday, 9th October, 2-3pm, Byrne House

— Dear all,

It is my pleasure to have taken over from Thomas Bonnin as coordinator of the Biological Interest Group. I look forward to the forthcoming year of discussions. If you should need to get in contact with me, my email address is bs406@exeter.ac.uk.

Benjamin Smart

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The first meeting of the new academic year has commenced (9th October), and saw the discussion of two articles co-authored by Professor John Dupré (University of Exeter): ‘Sex-Linked Behavior: Evolution, Stability, and Variability’ (Fine, Dupré & Joel, 2017) and its complement, ‘The Biosocial Genome’ (Müller et al., 2017).

This discussion saw the fruitful exchange of many ideas with John and the group. One point, for example, was the possibility that environmental factors are a source of stable inheritance of sex-linked behavioural traits. Such a possibility may indeed help explain cases where sex-linked traits fail to develop as environmental conditions change. We might think to Rhesus monkeys and how adequate care of their firstborn depends upon early social experiences of the mother (Fine, Dupré & Joel, 2017, p. 670; Seay et al., 1964). This is contrary to the notion of maternal instincts. Similarly, we might also think to the case of male Charles River strain rats. Research has shown that, when placed in close proximity to pups, male rats showed ‘maternal’ behaviour within one week (Fine, Dupré & Joel, 2017, p. 670; Rosenblatt, 1967). Moreover, such a possibility is significant because it extends the debate on the scope of the determinacy of the genome. Thus Fine, Dupré & Joel (2017) challenge the often-assumed idea that genetic inheritance is the only process that provides both phenotypic variation and the reliable transfer of traits.

If you’d be interested in joining the group and discussing John’s paper, please contact us here

Next week (23rd October), we have Çağlar Karaca presenting a paper.

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Fine, C., J. Dupré & D. Joel, ‘Sex-Linked Behavior: Evolution, Stability, and Variability’, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 21:9 (2017) 666-673.

Müller, R., C. Hanson, M. Hanson, M. Penkler, G. Samaras, L. Chiapperino, J. Dupré, M. Kenney, C. Kuzawa, J. Latimer, S. Lloyd, A. Lunkes, M. Macdonald, M. Meloni, B. Nerlich, F. Panese, M. Pickersgill, S. Richardson, J. Rüegg, S. Schmitz, A. Stelmach, & P.-I. Villa, ‘The Biosocial Genome? Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Environmental Epigenetics, Health and Society’, EMBO Reports, 18:10 (2017) e201744953. DOI 10.15252/embr.201744953

Rosenblatt, J.S. ‘Nonhormonal basis of maternal behavior in the rat’, Science, 156 (1967) 1512-1513

Seay, B., et al., ‘Maternal behavior of socially deprived rhesus monkeys’, The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 69:4 (1964) 345-354

 

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End of the 16-17 year for the BIG

June 8, 2017 Leave a comment

This summer term saw fruitful discussions of drafts from Jack Griffiths (24th April), Daniel Nicholson and John Dupré (8th May), William Bechtel (22nd May) and Thomas Bonnin (5th June). Thanks a lot to the presenters and the participants for their contributions.

The Exeter Biological Interest Group will be back next October. If you are interested in helping to coordinate the reading group, to present a draft, or simply to join the group, you can contact us here.

 

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Davide Serpico at the Biological Interest Group – Monday 27th February, 2-3pm, Byrne House

February 24, 2017 Leave a comment

I’m sorry I have missed out on updating the website lately. Over the last few weeks we have discussed papers from Astrid Schräder (5th December), Gregor Halfmann (16th January), Mark Canciani (30th January) and Niccolo Tempini/Sabina Leonelli (13th February).

The next meeting of the Biological Interest Group. It will take place this coming Monday 27th of February. The meeting will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 2-3pm. Participants can bring food and drinks if they wish.

Next week we are very pleased of having the visit from Davide Serpico, from the University of Genova, discussing his draft chapter “The Quantitative Genetic View: A Critical Evaluation”.

If you’d be interested in joining the group and discussing Davide’s paper, please contact Thomas Bonnin [tb391 (at) exeter.ac.uk].

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Adam Toon at the Biological Interest Group – Monday 14th November, 2-3pm, Byrne House

November 7, 2016 Leave a comment

The next meeting of the Biological Interest Group will take place this coming Monday 14th of November. The meeting will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 2-3pm. Participants can bring food and drinks if they wish.

Next week we are very pleased of having the visit from Adam Toon, from the University of Exeter, discussing the draft chapter “Epistemology as fiction”.

If you’d be interested in joining the group and discussing Adam’s paper, please contact Thomas Bonnin [tb391 (at) exeter.ac.uk].

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Sabina Leonelli at the Biological Interest Group – Monday 31st October, 2-3pm, Byrne House

October 26, 2016 Leave a comment

The next meeting of the Biological Interest Group will take place this coming Monday 31st of October. The meeting will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 2-3pm. Participants can bring food and drinks if they wish.

Next week we are very pleased of this reading group’s founder, Sabina Leonelli, from the University of Exeter, discussing the paper “Time-Scales of Data Use: On the Life Cycles, Ontology and Understanding of Biological Data”.

If you’d be interested in joining the group and discussing Nils’ paper, please contact Thomas Bonnin [tb391 (at) exeter.ac.uk].

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Stefano Canali at the Biological Interest Group – Monday 17th October, 2-3pm, Byrne House

October 12, 2016 Leave a comment

Dear all,

You are invited to the next meeting of the Biological Interest Group. It will take place this coming Monday 17th of October. The meeting will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 2-3pm. Participants can bring food and drinks if they wish.

Next week we are very pleased to receive the visit of Stefano Canali, from Leibniz Universität Hannover, discussing the paper “Integration Data in EXPOsOMICS”. The author kindly provided us with a short introduction to the paper, and where we might help :

“This draft is essentially the starting point of the case-study research of my PhD thesis, which is on the use of data in the biomedical project called EXPOsOMICS. In the paper, I present EXPOsOMICS and I focus on its innovative approach to research on chronic disease and the role played by integration in the project. I was actually thinking that I may end up writing two papers on these issues, one on the innovations of EXPOsOMICS from the perspective of epidemiology and one on data integration. It would be great if you could tell me what you think about my presentation of EXPOsOMICS approach to disease as an innovation and its relation with genomics. Also, you will see that the points about integration are essentially questions: this is (also) because I’m going to interview scientists on these issues, and I would appreciate your thoughts on those questions and which points you think are worth discussing with them.”

If you’d be interested in joining the group and discussing Nils’ paper, please contact Thomas Bonnin [tb391 (at) exeter.ac.uk].

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Nils Güttler at the Biological Interest Group, Monday 10th October

October 5, 2016 Leave a comment

Dear all,

You are invited to this year’s first meeting of the Biological Interest Group. It will take place this coming Monday 10th of October. The meeting will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 2-3pm. Participants can bring food and drinks if they wish.

Next week we are very pleased to receive the visit of Nils Güttler, from ETH Zurich, discussing the paper “Deceleration: Biogeography, Snails and Industrial Landscapes of Belonging before WW1”.

If you’d be interested in joining the group and discussing Nils’ paper, please contact Thomas Bonnin  [tb391 (at) exeter.ac.uk].

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