Tag Archive: ecology

Solving biology’s mysteries by learning about ecology and pseudoscience

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All biological energy comes from the sun. See: Solving Biology’s Mysteries Using Quantum Mechanics Excerpt: “The holy grail is to find that quantum effects stimulate biological processes that are relevant to medicine,” says Al-Khalili. “Looking to the long term, if…
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Jumping back: Science or Pseudoscience?

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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)…
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Are mutations beneficial?

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Researchers develop non-invasive method to detect tumor-causing mutations in saliva Excerpt: “…a multiplexible electrochemical sensor uses electrode chips to enable vesicular entities in saliva called exosomes to rapidly release molecular constituents (DNA, RNA and proteins) while simultaneously detecting any mutations…
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Can science and evolution be reconciled?

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Biology Professor Tells Students: Science and Religion Cannot Be Reconciled Excerpt 1): “Biology is probably the one science where God’s creation is the most obvious and where evolutionary development makes the least sense.” That fact appears to support teaching the…
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Ecological variation and niche construction: 1, 2, 3

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Part 1 From its most basic expression in grazing and predatory nematodes with differences in morphological and behavioral phenotypes, neurogenic niche construction is nutrient-dependent and pheromone-controlled. One of these two worms has teeth. It also recognizes self vs other differences…
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Can epigenetic inheritance occur without concurrent changes in morphology AND behavior?

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Heritable Histones Scientists show how roundworm daughter cells remember the histone modification patterns of their parents. By Ruth Williams | September 18, 2014 My comment: Strike three, your theories are out. Re: Strike 1) Combating Evolution to Fight Disease Strike…
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RNA-mediated events found everywhere

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Transcriptome-wide Mapping Reveals Widespread Dynamic-Regulated Pseudouridylation of ncRNA and mRNA Related articles Related blog posts on this site Reported as Scientists discover RNA modifications in some unexpected places Excerpt 1): “…there are multiple types of RNA, three of which—messenger RNA…
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Nutrient-dependent erythropoiesis and anemia

Genetic code

A critical role for mTORC1 in erythropoiesis and anemia Excerpt 1): “Cells must coordinate their rate of growth and proliferation with the availability of nutrients. mTOR , a serine-threonine kinase, is one the key proteins responsible for nutrient signaling in…
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Insect homology and diversity attributed to mutations

Genetic code

Ancient homology underlies adaptive mimetic diversity across butterflies Excerpt: “Surprisingly, our results suggest that modulation of this conserved developmental gene has occurred in tandem between these two deeply divergent butterfly lineages, implying an unexpected and remarkable level of predictability in…
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Non-evolutionary facts predict ovulatory shifts

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Round 2: Ovulatory Cycles and Shifting Preferences Excerpt: “…ovulatory shifts are intriguing because they represent an original prediction of evolutionary theory, but are not predicted by non-evolutionary theoretical frameworks.” My comment: The shifts do not represent an original prediction of…
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