Category: Genetics

Flash news!: 100 percent of our genome is identical to chimp genome ;)

Is the point of Mooney’s claims to constantly diminish the claimed figure but never quite get there? All he is really diminishing is the apparent value of the genome as a source of information about life forms. If he never quite gets to 100%, he still has a story. more

Gene regulation: “More complex than previously thought”

… the fact that the researchers find interesting deviations in the first system they look at implies that it is not unlikely that it is important in many cases. more

Naturalism is stopping more science today than fundamentalism

David Tyler comments on a recent paper showing that, Pervasive dual encoding of amino acid and regulatory information appears to be a fundamental feature of genome evolution. more

Picture that terrifies creationists?

Naturally, I thought they had discovered a man actually morphing into a fly. more

Coffee!! Materialist blasts “social conditioning” claims about gender

Seriously, materialism goes down well in many quarters in part because it is usually combined with a progressive political outlook that would justify infanticide but revolt against Schwaab’s views on brain and gender. more

Y chromosome not about to disappear, as claimed, study says

Some readers complained that the Y chromosome appears to have been slighted of late. Time to redress that. more

So now it’s the “creationists’” fault that Darwin’s followers can’t face facts?

In short, biologists must be wrong in thinking that there is no direction to evolution but admitting that is too controversial? So they have to keep it quiet by misrepresenting to the rest of us what “random evolution” means? Or if Kelly doesn’t mean that, what DOES he mean? more

Retire this science idea, Edge: That there is a common toolkit of conserved genes

If indeed “Each lineage of ants contains about 4000 novel genes, but only 64 of these are conserved across all seven ant genomes sequenced so far,” why would anyone look to Darwin’s theory to explain anything about the history of ants? more

X chromosome: All in a days work for random processes

… whose junkpile just happens to function like an alien’s supercomputer more

Novelist Nabokov’s butterfly evolution thesis vindicated 34 years after his death

One can only wonder what tenured buffoons he endured with patience in the meantime. more

Second, separate language found in DNA code

Yikes, even the Dead Tree News Wire (UPI) has now noticed. more

Scientists at Joe Felsenstein’s University discover DNA has at least 2 meanings

Joe Felsenstein has been a vigorous advocate of evolutionism. [Oddly, in creationist circles, he is actually revered as are many Darwinists geneticists.] He has defended evolutionism passionately almost all his life. His textbooks are the bread and butter of Nick Matzke and WD400′s understanding of phylogeny, but a new development from fellow scientists at University […] more

Is DNA spooked by quantum physics?

Quantum entanglement, it is suggested, may influence the way information is read off a strand of DNA. more

A moment of anti-Darwinian honesty at Wiki — the problem of genetic redundancy

Wikipedia is known to be Darwin loving, but here is a moment of anti-Darwinian honesty: Genetic redundancy is a term typically used to describe situations where a given biochemical function is redundantly encoded by two or more genes. In these cases, mutations (or defects) in one of these genes will have a smaller effect […] more

sRNA for Quorum Sensing: Evidence for CSI?

Bacteria demonstrate intra-species communication that is species specific using a partner with a communication molecule. Bacteria are also “multilingual” with a generic trade language for interspecies communication. Bacteria control tasks by signal producing and receiving receptors with a signal carrier. The tasks bacteria conduct depend on the concentration they sense of self bacteria versus generic […] more

Hunting geniuses’ DNA for math genes?

Nature: The critics say that the sizes of these studies are too small to yield meaningful results for such complex traits. more

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference Chapter 14—“Using Numerical Simulation to Test the “Mutation-Count” Hypothesis”—Abstract

Paper: MCM [mutation-count mechanism] does not appear to occur under most biologically realistic conditions, and so is not a generally applicable evolutionary mechanism. MCM is not generally capable of stopping deleterious mutation accumulation in most natural populations. more

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference Chapter 14—“Using Numerical Simulation to Test the “Mutation-Count” Hypothesis” —Discussion excerpt

Paper: It is widely understood that probability selection is what is generally happening in nature. Truncation selection is the type of artificial selection employed consciously by plant and animal breeders, and is not generally applicable to natural populations … more

Cocktail! Galaxies evolve in 700 million years, Horseshoe Crabs stay the same after 450 million years

A galaxy is speculated to form in only 700 million years. By way of contrast, in a comparable stretch of time (450 million years) the Living Fossil horse shoe crab has remained unchanged. In fact the Earth supposedly took only 20 million years to form out of a nebula, and that horse shoe crab remained […] more

A Three Nucleotide Change by an Unknown Mechanism

In today’s Phys.Org news page, we hear about a three nucleotide change in the organism “Trypanosoma brucei, a parasite that causes sleeping sickness in Africa and Chagas disease in Latin America.” Immediately after “transcription”, via a completely unknown mechanism, a three nucleotide portion of the intron associated with …… is replaced by three different nucleotides. […] more

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