TS Picks: January 5, 2015

Genetic genealogy and African-American identity; a chat with The BMJ’s chief editor; plant defenses

Jan 5, 2016
Tracy Vence

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Selections from The Scientist’s reading list:
 

  • “Among the more spectacular claims of genetic ancestry testing is the ability to infer not merely where we come from but what we are, in the most essentialist sense.” —Sociologist Alondra Nelson of Columbia University in an Aeon essay on genetic genealogy and African-American identity
     
  • STAT News this week (January 4) profiled Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of The BMJ, which she called “a campaigning journal.”
     
  • In Nautilus, University of East Anglia postdoc Mike Newland last month (December 31) listed five ways plants ward off insects using chemical compounds “without sacrificing their own wellbeing.”