Quickies: Genetic unicorns, online comments, and revolutionary women writers

  • Genetic unicorns defy their own DNA and could hint at new treatments – “Researchers searched genetic data from nearly 600,000 people in scientific studies or databases of DNA testing company 23andMe, looking for mutations in any of 874 genes known to cause one of 584 severe childhood disorders. The scientists identified 13 people with a mutation that should have made them very, very sick — or dead. Yet here they were, healthy adults.” From Mary.
  • The dark side of Guardian comments – “As part of a series into the rising global phenomenon of online harassment, the Guardian commissioned research into the 70m comments left on its site since 2006 and discovered that of the 10 most abused writers eight are women, and the two men are black.” From Ray.
  • 50% of Rust players are now women, whether players want it or not – The game also randomly assigns race to each character.
  • Down with the bro-volution: 10 books by revolutionary women – “I’m calling it: some men are way too comfortable reading about revolutions that don’t involve gender equality or don’t even look at gender as an important hierarchy in our society. If your response is that gender equality will come naturally through some kind of abstract bro-revolution, I am here to tell you to pick up some Judith Butler and stop bullshiting brocialism to women who are way too intelligent to believe what you’re saying.”
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Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. Amanda,

    I just checked out that Rust game. It doesn’t look like something I would want to play.

  2. Same here. Many reviews on how terrible the community is and constant griefing. Ruined my interest.

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