toward a gene panel for psychiatric violence

I recently developed a method for specifying a comprehensive gene list for investigating genes related to psychiatric violence, which I describe below. First though, here’s a cool picture from the analysis: Method I started by extracting a list of diseases involving violence from [1], removing epilepsy, dementia, mental retardation (is there a better word for […]

the science of gender identity (part 4: summary)

To prepare for a book I intend to write on the science of gender identity, I drafted the following three blog posts to collect my thoughts. They are highly technical; I need to recast the content for the layperson. I also assembled some of my own biological data to analyze. The first blog post,, […]

the science of gender identity (part 3: psychology)

This is the third post in a multi-part series surveying the current science of gender identity, particularly with regard to the transgendered population. My first post on the subject covered proposed genetic associations and corresponding research. The second post on the matter discussed observed differences in brain anatomy between transgendered and cisgendered individuals. Here I […]

why I read evolutionary psychology papers

It might seem odd that a bioinformatician with an engineer’s training would read evolutionary psychology papers on a regular basis. Here is why I do so: Suppose the human brain changes on an evolutionary time scale. It would follow then that not much has changed about our minds since before the invention of agriculture, and […]

DIY mood tracker with LimeSurvey

My friend and fellow adventurer Irene Dubois—not her real name of course—recently came home from a psychiatric appointment needing a way to track her daily mood. She tested several smartphone apps designed for this purpose, but found them too inflexible. Consequently, she asked me to create a custom mood tracker for her. The design requirements […]

a better way to ask about gender in survey questionnaires

Survey questionnaires regularly ask respondents’ sex or gender, and mostly offer only the binary options: When presented with such a survey on paper, I typically add and then select a third option: “Fuck you”. (Similarly, I do the same with race/ethnicity questions when asked to choose one out of four or five options). However, we […]