Tag Archive: Carl Zimmer

Constrained evolution is ecological adaptation

translocated chromosome

See also: Unconstrained evolutionary innovability Ideas that evolution is not constrained can be compared to experimental evidence of biophysically constrained ecological adaptations. The most recent relevant open access published work from the Jakobsson lab is: TRIM28 Represses Transcription of Endogenous…
Read more

From Hydra to humans vs a Lakatosian research program

translocated chromosome

Imre Lakatos Excerpt: “A Lakatosian research programme[8] is based on a hard core of theoretical assumptions that cannot be abandoned or altered without abandoning the programme altogether. More modest and specific theories that are formulated in order to explain evidence…
Read more

Jumping back: Science or Pseudoscience?

rp_poster-from-jesse.jpg

Daily Comment November 21, 2014 European Science’s Great Leap Backward By Michael Specter Excerpt 1) “When politicians reject verifiable data and reputable research and rely instead on politics or desire, the results can be devastating.” Excerpt 2 with my emphasis)…
Read more

In theory, or supported by experimental evidence?

terrarium eco system

Carl Zimmer typically makes statements like the one below without prefacing them with “in theory.” That’s how he establishes the bias towards evolutionary theory in nearly everything he reports. For example: “During the development of eggs and sperm, each pair…
Read more

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…
Read more

Cell-type differentiation

diseases-disorders

How Do You Know When You’ve Found Them All? A Question That Applies To Beetles and Cancer Genes Alike by Carl Zimmer Conclusion: “Cancer biologists and beetle experts are not all that different when you think about it. They walk the same…
Read more

Kohl’s biological laws: more misrepresentations

terrarium eco system

Neanderthals Leave Their Mark on Us JAN. 29, 2014 by Carl Zimmer Excerpt:  “Both studies suggest that Neanderthal genes involved in skin and hair were favored by natural selection in humans. Today, they’re very common in living non-Asians.” See also:…
Read more