Physics

RNA-mediated species diversification from microbes to primates

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Mycobacteriophage-drived diversification of Mycobacterium abscessus Biology Direct (15 September 2014) OPEN ACCESS Excerpt (with my emphasis): “Widespread occurrence of phage sequences in almost all studied M. abscessus complex isolates suggests that the rate of prophage invasion is faster than the…
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MicroRNA de novo Creation manifested in ecological adaptation

Genetic code

Linking ‘natural mutants’ and evolution Reservoir of mutations enabled cichlid fish to adapt to varied environments September 3, 2014 | Popular By Leah Eisenstadt, Broad Institute Communications Excerpt: “…the East African cichlid genomes possess an excess of gene duplications; alterations…
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Laws of Physics are Eliminated from Evolutionary Theory

Physics

Review article: Towards an evolutionary theory of the origin of life based on kinetics and thermodynamics Excerpt: ‘Irreversibility and the kinetic power of reproduction seem to be, at least in principle, sufficient to allow the emergence of life and there…
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Something from no thing

Physics

The Bridge From Nowhere How is it possible to get something from nothing? BY AMANDA GEFTER AUGUST 7, 2014 Excerpt: “Evolution has trained us to find causal patterns at any cost. As our ancestors wandered the African savanna, the ability to…
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Order and disorder: Ecological adaptations not mutations

In the context of order and disorder that includes what is known about quantum physics and light-induced amino acid substitutions in plants and animals, as well as the control of the functional rearrangement of influenza hemagglutinin, I’m beginning to see even…
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Creation of genes enables ecological adaptations

Genetic code

NY Times Science The Continuing Evolution of Genes By CARL ZIMMER APRIL 28, 2014 Excerpt: ” As genes duplicate over millions of years, they can grow into so-called gene families, each containing hundreds of similar genes. One family, for example, is essential for…
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Gut microbes and integrative neuroscience

Physics

Diverse Microbes in Hunter-Gatherers’ Guts Modern hunter-gatherers have more diverse microbiota in their guts than do urban Europeans, but lack a few notable species. By Kerry Grens | April 16, 2014 Excerpt: Genetic diversity, rather than particular species, might be a more…
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Explaining Organismal Complexity via theology sans predation

Physics

Excerpt: Can anyone defending theology as an academic pursuit, direct me to actual discoveries or definable phenomena unearthed using it’s framework? Theology has a long history so surely there must be a large number of indisputable insights gleaned using it?…
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After I posted 5 of the 14 comments to the National Geographic site during discussion of Mercenary Ants Protect Farmers With Chemical Weapons by Ed Yong, I got the message: “Your comment is awaiting “moderation” Typically, that means I will…
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Nutrients pheromones and cancer

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Watson dings genetics, Irish, fellow Nobelist By Gary Robbins2:45 p.m.March 21, 2013 Pheromones and cancer Excerpt 1: “most of the experiments we do are irrelevant … We’re not going to cure cancer by doubling the money. We’re going to do…
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