Category: ‘Junk DNA’
|April 24, 2014||Posted by scordova under 'Junk DNA', News|
Can designs be selectively neutral and even deleterious but still functional? Yes. As Allen Orr said: selection can wreck their exquisite engineering just as surely as it built it. An optic nerve with little or no eye is most assuredly not the sort of design one expects on an engineer’s blueprint, but we find it […]
|April 24, 2014||Posted by News under 'Junk DNA', Convergent evolution, News|
Just an accident.
|April 24, 2014||Posted by News under 'Junk DNA', Intelligent Design, News|
The Y chromosome had been reprieved earlier from its status as a vestige about to disappear, but this is newish.
|April 23, 2014||Posted by scordova under 'Junk DNA', Genetics, News|
Most molecular evolution is neutral. Done. PZ Myers From wiki: Codon usage bias Codon usage bias refers to differences in the frequency of occurrence of synonymous codons in coding DNA. A codon is a series of three nucleotides (triplets) that encodes a specific amino acid residue in a polypeptide chain or for the termination of […]
|April 22, 2014||Posted by scordova under 'Junk DNA', Genetics|
Most of biological ID literature is focused on Irreducible Complexity and Specified Complexity (Specified Improbability) and information theory, no free lunch, critique of OOL, the Cambrian explosion, etc, But there is another line of argument that is devastating to the claims of mindless evolution that has been underappreciated partly because it is highly technical, and […]
|April 18, 2014||Posted by scordova under 'Junk DNA', News|
I wrote here in 2006 that the Designer of life has put steganography (hidden messages in DNA) to help scientists understand DNA. The steganography cannot have emerged via selection or neutral evolution, it is just there, it is a design feature. We typically call them “conserved” sequences, but I’ve argued that “conserved” is the wrong […]
|April 17, 2014||Posted by scordova under 'Junk DNA', Genetics|
In 2013 Larry wrote On Beating Dead Horses I was reminded of this while reading Salvador Corova’s latest post on Uncommon Descent because he refers to beating dead horses [If not Rupe and Sanford’s presentation (8/6/13), would you believe Wiki? In this case, yes]. I’m not going to make any comments. Read it and weep […]
|April 10, 2014||Posted by News under 'Junk DNA', Intelligent Design, News|
In 2013 functions were identified for many of these “intrinsically disordered proteins” (IDPs), as they are sometimes called.
|April 1, 2014||Posted by scordova under 'Junk DNA', Genetics, News|
Larry actually had some rare kind words for me. He said here Cordova is correct. Thanks for the kind words, Larry! Larry goes on to argue that organisms can tolerate lots of mutations and still reproduce. Yes, I agree, but reproduction is not the real thing in question, it is the existence of designs. I’ve […]
|February 15, 2014||Posted by News under 'Junk DNA', Intelligent Design, News|
No one talks of life there (unless we introduced extremophiles?).
|February 3, 2014||Posted by PaV under 'Junk DNA', Intelligent Design|
For a number of years, many of us at UD have made the argument that evolutionary theory, in practice, is of almost no help whatsoever in getting at the secrets of biology. I’ve taken the position personally that it actually hurts, and that it is not a matter of indifference to the study of biology […]
|January 23, 2014||Posted by News under 'Junk DNA', News|
Researchers found non-coding DNA was source for new genes in fruit flies.
|January 23, 2014||Posted by PaV under 'Junk DNA', Evolution|
Here is a piece over at Phys.Org dealing with “long, intergenic non-coding” RNA. “When we removed the specific lincRNA, we looked at the mouse brain and the progenitors were reduced. As a consequence probably, the population [of neurons] that sits on top of the cerebral cortex are reduced … It’s likely that in the future […]
|January 14, 2014||Posted by News under 'Junk DNA', News|
Is someone keeping track of all this for an Atlas of Junk DNA?
|January 9, 2014||Posted by News under 'Junk DNA', News|
Abstract notes, newly identified non-junk “might have clinical applications.”
|December 21, 2013||Posted by News under 'Junk DNA', horizontal gene transfer, News|
Remember when some claimed that horizontal gene transfer was a minor — exceedingly minor — player in evolution, rarely happened?
|November 22, 2013||Posted by News under 'Junk DNA', News|
Albert Einstein is said according to one reckoning to have made 23 significant mistakes but he is still Einstein. By contrast, lesser and less secure figures err, their followers are often expected to cover up for them.
|November 21, 2013||Posted by News under 'Junk DNA', News|
So did ID theorists have anything to say about junk DNA? Yes, they predicted that it was not junk.
|November 20, 2013||Posted by News under 'Junk DNA', News|
CDC researcher says the article by Graur et al. contains assumptions and statements that are questionable.
|November 13, 2013||Posted by News under 'Junk DNA', News|
Researcher: “We uncovered a novel mechanism that allows proteins that direct pre-mRNA splicing – RNA-binding proteins – to induce a regulatory effect from greater distances than was thought possible.”