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Berkeley Science Review - Spring 2011

Berkeley Science Review - Spring 2011

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A student-run publication from UC Berkeley covering all things science at Cal. In this issue: Crib Confidential, Mud Volcanoes, Swampy Frogs, and more!
A student-run publication from UC Berkeley covering all things science at Cal. In this issue: Crib Confidential, Mud Volcanoes, Swampy Frogs, and more!

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Spring 2011 Issue 20
sciencereview.berkeley.edu
Illuminatingthe dark genome
44Not easy being green
Frogs swamped by asex-warping pesticide
26Mud volcanoes
An eruption withno end in sight
21Crib confidential
Babies reveal theirstatistical prowess
 
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Berkeley Science Review
Editor in Chie 
Greg Alushin
Editors
Allison BerkeRachel BernsteinCrystal ChawMary Grace LinSebastien LounisShirali PandyaJosh Shiode
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Dear readers,Wlcom to th 20
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Berkeley Science Review
n
our tenth anniversary. To celebrate, I decided to rummage
bck though ou chiv n pn om tim with Iu1. It w mkbl to  how littl h chng, incluing,coincintlly, n nuing fcintion with volcno (Iu1 p. 7, Iu 20 p. 26), homonl gultion of xul bhvio(Iu 1 p. 5, Iu 20 p. 9), n ol tom (Iu 1 p. 4, Iu20 p. 6), phnomn which will continu to fill Bkly lb
and our pages for many years to come. Nevertheless, I am very proud to say that we have come a long way from the black, white,
n blu of th fit ition. I woul lik to ict thi iu
to the memory of Eran Karmon, our founding Editor in Chief,
who, by tting  cinc mgzin tht nyon on cmpu coul pick up n njoy, plnt  which h inc flow into n xpning voic fo ch with  ch f byonBncoft n Ht.A cinc wit, w pi to communict complx i ffctivly, hoping to inc thimpct of cinc in ocity. L oftn coni  influnc going in th oth iction,
yet the interplay between personalities, politics, economics, and research takes center stage
thi iu. On pg 44, Sii Chn n Mk DWitt chonicl th c-long tuggl ovth ffct of  ptici btwn  contovil pofo, Tyon Hy, n th chmicl
company Syngenta, waged through experiments, regulatory agencies, and personal vitriol.
Kith Chvll ocumnt th mning cintific vinc tht n oil compny cu thcontinuing uption of th vtting Lui mu volcno in Inoni (p. 26) Finlly, on pg
60 Jacques Bothma makes the case for why Professor Michael Eisen’s dream of a scientific
littu f fo vyon to cc houl, n i, bcoming  lity.Th
BSR
i un by tunt who lo hppn to b cintit, n thu it i no upi tht
we continually tinker with (and sometimes dramatically alter) the form and content of ourmagazine. While we always have an opinion of what works best, I am pleased to announcea new way for you, our readers, to have a say: the Reader’s Choice Award, to be given each
iu. Go onlin (http://cincviw.bkly.u) to vot fo you fvoit ftu o bif;th utho() of th winning ticl civ  $150 ch piz n  pofil on th BSR blog,which i ly chock-full of wonful pic to kp you infom btwn pint iu. Inition to highlighting pticully tong wit, piz-winning ticl will inpi fututoi lvnt n intting to you.A I hng up my ito’ ht, I woul lik to thnk ll of th wit, ito, n lyout tff fomking th pt y uch  wonful xpinc n fo two iu tht highly pi pof-ionl (by jounlit tn, t lt) woul b h-p to bt. It h bn n hono.Enjoy th iu,Gg AluhinEito in Chif 
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Spring 2011 Issue 20
sciencereview.berkeley.edu
Illuminatingthe dark genome

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