Tag Archive: adaptations

Olfaction, ecology, and intelligence

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“I should think we might fairly gauge the future of biological science, centuries ahead by estimating the time it will take to reach a complete comprehensive understanding of odor. It may not seem a profound enough problem to dominate all…
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RNA-mediated “repurposing” is nutrient-dependent and pheromone-controlled

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 Evolutionary resurrection of flagellar motility via rewiring of the nitrogen regulation system Excerpt: The fast-spreading strain AR2F had acquired an additional point mutation in the σ54-dependent EBP gene ntrC, which alters an amino acid (R442C) within the DNA binding domain…
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Imagining that data historically supports evolutionary theory

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1) Arguments in the evo-devo debate: say it with flowers! Abstract excerpt: A key question in evolutionary developmental biology is how DNA sequence changes have directed the evolution of morphological diversity. The widely accepted view was that morphological changes resulted…
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Military combat training to fight disease (2)

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See: Military combat training to fight disease In the quantum world, the future affects the past Excerpt 1) “It’s not clear why in the real world, the world made up of many particles, time only goes forward and entropy always…
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Unified nutritional and molecular mechanisms

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Endogenous Hydrogen Sulfide Production Is Essential for Dietary Restriction Benefits Article image: Excerpt: “…unifying nutritional and molecular mechanisms remain elusive.” Reported as Molecular mechanism behind health benefits of dietary restriction identified Excerpt 1) “Dietary restriction is a type of intervention…
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Atoms to ecosystems: Evolutionary theory vs the coelacanth

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Biodiversity: Life ­– a status report “Species are disappearing quickly — but researchers are struggling to assess how bad the problem is.” I want to eliminate some of the researcher’s struggles, but a moderator at Nature has blocked all my…
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Jumping back: Science or Pseudoscience? (2)

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See: Jumping back: Science or Pseudoscience? European Science’s Great Leap Backward inferred that evolutionary theory is evidence-based science: Excerpt: “… the U.S. can claim no superiority in our approach to evidence-based science, as demonstrated by the fact that nearly half…
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Thermodynamic constraints and ecological adaptations sans evolution

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Relationship between protein thermodynamic constraints and variation of evolutionary rates among sites Excerpt: “…a two-variable model that combines stability and stress signi ficantly improves predictions. Therefore, both the overall stability [symbol] and the stress [symbol] seem to capture distinct thermodynamic constraints on…
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Nothing new under the sun, except pseudoscientific nonsense

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On the Importance of Being a Methodological Naturalist Posted on November 5, 2014 by David Sloan Wilson Excerpt: “…consider the flying spaghetti monster, a deity invented to poke fun at religion. It is ridiculous, but is there any way to prove…
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Intelligent viruses and cancers?

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The Very Intelligent Ebola Virus Takes Front and Center Excerpt 1) “Ebola doesn’t enter the nucleus. It uses the cell’s machinery of ribosomes and transfer RNA to make proteins from the viral messengerRNA.” Excerpt 2) “Normally, mechanisms inside the nucleus…
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