Atoms to ecosystems

Forces of “Nature” (part 2)

Physics

See Forces of “Nature” limit dissemination of information The policy of “Nature” to block information that conflicts with their biased reporting has led to dissemination of more pseudoscientific nonsense. This time the publication is in “PNAS” with discussion at physics…
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Pheromones and unconscious affects

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Conducting a Field Test on Pheromones Excerpt: “…my pheromonal research suggests that any individual who is looking to elicit increased affection from women should 1) ask them what they’re reading 2) offer a compliment and 3) spill a bowl of…
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De novo creation of olfactory receptor genes

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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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“Evolution” of two sexes?

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Selection for mitochondrial quality drives the evolution of two sexes with germline Topics included (among others): CORRELATION BETWEEN ANIMAL DEVELOPMENT AND MITOCHONDRIAL EVOLUTION THE MODEL: SIMULATION, MATHS TOO COMPLICATED TO SOLVE Mt VARIATION BETWEEN GAMETES MAKES SOMATIC GAMETOGENESIS ADVANTAGEOUS IN…
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Et tu, Michael Stoddart

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How our NOSE shaped the human race: Ancestors lost their ability to detect sex pheromones to make men more faithful – and create the stable family unit Excerpt: “Our sense of smell evolved to make human pheromones undetectable” For contrast…
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Hiding things about neo-Darwinism

Genetic code

Biologists devise invasion plan for mutations Excerpt:  “…researchers describe a technique for creating mutations that invade the genome and transmit themselves across to the next generation with near 100% success, defying the classic laws of Mendelian genetics.” My comment: Placed…
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Implicating microRNAs in cancer

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Genome-wide CRISPR Screen in a Mouse Model of Tumor Growth and Metastasis Reported as: In vivo CRISPR-Cas9 screen sheds light on cancer metastasis and tumor evolution Excerpt: “Unexpectedly, the screen also implicated several microRNAs — small RNA segments that are…
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