Is cell biologist James Shapiro a heretic? Or is this the year Darwinism collapsed?
|June 14, 2011||Posted by News under Darwinism, Evolution, Informatics|
Look what University of Chicago’s James Shapiro is saying,
New research has shown that a novel way of looking at evolution is needed. Cells are sensitive and communicative information processing entities. Novelty in evolution comes in part from genome changes that are the result of regulated cellular activity. The next step in the understanding of evolution is emerging since the Modern Synthesis of Darwinism and Mendelism and the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA in the middle of the last century. Vid also. Slides here.
He says the new way is informatics. And it’s okay for an establishment guy to just say this stuff?:
Disentangling basic issues in evolutionary debates
1. Origin of life & the first cells – still on the fringes of serious scientific discussion
2. Descent with modification of related living organisms – more convincing with each new technological advance (e.g. detailed protein and genome phylogenies)
– but more complicated than simple vertical inheritance
3. The actual processes of evolutionary change over time – an ever growing number of distinct documented cellular and molecular events different from conventional predictions
– novel molecular possibilities of genome reorganization as we learn more about how cells interact and control genome structure
and (besides the part about non-Darwinian biologists)
Four kinds of rapid, multi-character changes Darwin could not have imagined• Horizontal DNA transfer in evolution;
• Multiple cell types and cell fusions (symbiogenesis) in evolution;
• Genome doublings at key steps of eukaryotic evolution;
• Built-in mechanisms of genome restructuring = natural genetic engineering
His new book, Evolution in the 21st century here.
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