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    somewhere in the Americas.
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    Breathing. I enjoy it a lot, when I can.
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    PhD
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    Biology/ (post-)genome research
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    Labrat turned grantrat.

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  1. These are great points, though I would be careful to give Trump too much credit. He is just the last in a long line of anti-science movements, going back at least to the early 2000s (or at least that is what I personally remember). What has shifted is perhaps the tone, for a while folks at least tried to make it sound reasonable that the Earth was only 6k years old.
  2. Uh, I got some bad news for you there, mate (at least with respect to delta).
  3. From what a quick screening of the lit it seems that most call for more data (the current sports medicine article makes a couple of good suggestions). I.e. it is necessary to understand more about the transition process. Some of the articles that you and I shared indicated mixed results (i.e. decline in certain performances after transition but no decline in others in the tested period). Considering that much of the research only started a few years ago it is hardly surprising. That being said, as one can see in this thread, there are a lot of assumptions being made, and even if they turn out
  4. I think the Intoscience and Peterkin's points are great. Wearing masks can also be seen not as an individual measure but a broader public health effort. The aim is overall reduction of spread with requires broad scale collaboration. If one only focuses on individual benefits the last year has shown that the overall outcome is actually worse. So normalizing wearing masks, even in situations where it is not strictly necessary, can encourage wearing in situation where it is beneficial. A few studies have come out indicating that the delta variant might generate a viral load 1000x higher
  5. If one follows the actual data, it is actually not terribly conflicting. The issue is more of one nuance. Masks have a higher impact on the wearer not infecting others, but offers only limited protection in most cases. It is not nothing, but even cloth masks provide a little bit of barrier. As iNow mentioned, specific masks and respirators can provide more protection for the wearer, but requires proper fitting and correct use, which is not often feasible for day-to-day use for many folks.
  6. I think debunking has become a bit of an issue, many folks have been increasingly resilient to that. So much in fact that even the most ridiculous notions are getting a serious platform.
  7. I think in the last few decades it does seem that in most Western countries the right has weaponized anti-science sentiments and made it part of their platform. A common sentiment I hear from colleagues is that progressive/left parties ignore science when inconvenient, conservative/right parties attack science. While the situation could reverse if the progressive parties become more authoritarian, it is certainly not the trend (in developed countries) for the last few decades.
  8. I think that actually has become kind of relevant. In the past, these ideas were mostly considered fringe and certainly were not part of mainstream. Mostly in the US the (religious) conservatives had always a certain anti-science stance on certain key issues (including evolution and climate change) which has increasingly fueled underlying anti-intellectualism. In a similar line, right-wing groups have increasingly used the actually fairly old "Luegenpresse" tactic to discredit mainstream information flow, which included science reporting. While it may have been a tactic of sorts at the be
  9. While relationships are often analyzed using specific loci, that is likely not what OP is referring. If we talk about cousins the number refers to the averaged total of the total DNA that is being shared. You get ~50% of your DNA from each of your parents, for example. Same goes for a sibling and thus, on average you will have 50% in common with your siblings. There is variability there as you might not get the exact same allele from either parent as your sibling is getting. The comparison vs chimpanzees is based on an entirely different metric. The 99.8% number is not based on sequence i
  10. I think the view is a bit limited there. Or perhaps the phrasing is unclear. There is a general correlation of the age of either parent with chromosomal issues, but also mutations (i.e. sub-chromosomal issues). So depending on how you define chromosomal issues (which, btw, can be very subtle) it can still influence the child's health. I.e. genetics-related issues on many levels are associated with the age of the parent. But even ignoring the plethora of non-chromosomal issues, I am not sure what to make of the claim that as long as there are no chromosomal issues it would be fine. I coul
  11. https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/563874-fauci-paul-doesnt-know-what-hes-talking-about-and-i-want-to-say-that
  12. Indeed. He spent a ton of time to create those. His initial lectures were, by all accounts, horrible. Typical for someone with a deep understanding of the subject but without really understanding the knowledge gap between himself and his audience. That being said it is true for most scientists that they tend to be better known if they do more outreach, book writing etc., as there are obviously more interactions with the public. Much research which is critical for a given field simply does not percolate through society. And perhaps conversely, folks who are stuck in the lab or entirely foc
  13. While I agree to some extent, I think the objective is a tricky word. There is always some context in history and historiography is an important element to interpret how folks interpreted events. History is rarely only about the sequence of events and the moment someone tried to connect dots it is almost impossible to not be coloured somewhat by the experience, knowledge and perspective of the historian. Even in science history the story of Henrietta Lacks or the role of Rosalind Franklin can be accurately presented in very different ways.
  14. Nope, if you closely read what I was writing I said that "Transition is a medical process controlled by the physician following best practices. ". I.e. the physician works with the patient and figures out a process that works for them. However, as we are discussing transgender athletes and specifically testosterone has been mentioned a couple of times it is rather clear that we are talking about folks who have undergone some form of hormone therapy. For example, folks only taking psychological counseling would obviously not lower their testosterone levels by that. And again, there a
  15. Yes, basically. At very low doses most mercury can be excreted with a half life of a few days to two weeks. However, especially at higher dosages the excretion pattern becomes more biphasic with a the fast phase (i.e. <2 weeks half life) only eliminating part of the ingested mercury. The rest follows a much slower (1-2 months half life) elimination pattern. If your intake outpaces the elimination time, you start accumulating which can result in issues.
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