Diseases & Disorders

Randomness and Divine Providence

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A Q&A on randomness and God’s providence …the main goal is to really put together a collection of scholarly studies of these issues: physicists, biologists, mathematicians, statisticians, philosophers and theologians. replaced: Randomness and Divine Providence Supported by the John Templeton…
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Do not trust pseudoscientists

human-evolution

Trust a Scientist: Sex Addiction Is a Myth A psychologist explains why sex addiction therapy is more about faith than facts, as told to Tierney Finster Excerpt 1)  During withdrawal, the brains of addicts create junctions between nerve cells containing…
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Human pheromones: RNA-mediated theory killers

social interaction and brain

A Fear of Pheromones Excerpt: WHAT are we going to do if it turns out that we have pheromones? What on earth would we be doing with such things? With the richness of speech, and all our new devices for…
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Nutrient-dependent sustained fitness is pheromone-controlled

human-evolution

Sustained fitness gains and variability in fitness trajectories in the long-term evolution experiment with Escherichia coli Conclusion:  …adaptation and divergence are continuing unabated in the LTEE, even after many tens of thousands of generations in a constant environment. Reported as:…
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Gut bacteria and pheromones

Gut bacteria mediate aggregation in the German cockroach Reported as: Cockroach swarming pheromones produced by gut bacteria Excerpt: … their study highlights the previously overlooked effect of gut flora in communication among insects. Next, they plan to investigate whether gut…
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Sulfated steroids and RNA-mediated identity codes

terrarium eco system

Summary: In two studies of human pheromones we linked a mixture of androsterone and androstenol to increased flirtatious behavior and reports of increased attraction to the male wearing the mixture. This blog posts explains the reason for the use of…
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De novo creation of olfactory receptor genes

terrarium eco system

Large-scale transcriptional profiling of chemosensory neurons identifies receptor-ligand pairs in vivo Reported as:  Deciphering the olfactory receptor code Excerpt: Its applications, countless, extend for example to the domain of chemicals able to trigger predetermined behaviors in mammals or in insects,…
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Ecological validity vs evolutionary theory

Genetic code

Functional characterisation of a SNP in the ABCC11 allele—Effects on axillary skin metabolism, odour generation and associated behaviours Excerpt: …the fact that a single SNP plays such a large role in governing this specific aspect of human behaviour is quite…
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Science fiction, not theories, predicts facts

The past is not the key to the present

Electric fields affect wing movement, leading to agitation and changes in brain chemistry Excerpt: The effect on the wings being moved seems to agitate the flies, as revealed by changes in their brain chemistry. Flies exposed to an electric field…
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Epigenetically-effected sexual orientation

neuronal-plasticity

The neurobiology and psychology of pedophilia: recent advances and challenges Excerpt: Support for a neurodevelopmental pathway comes from research investigating epigenetic dysregulation of sexual development in general, physical characteristics, and functional as well as structural brain differences in pedophilia. From…
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