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Human pheromones: RNA-mediated theory killers

social interaction and brain

A Fear of Pheromones Excerpt: WHAT are we going to do if it turns out that we have pheromones? What on earth would we be doing with such things? With the richness of speech, and all our new devices for…
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All of “like kind” in the (bigger) family

achiral glycine

All in the (bigger) family Science 16 January 2015: Vol. 347 no. 6219 pp. 220-221 DOI: 10.1126/science.347.6219.220 by Elizabeth Pennisi Abstract: A decade of genetic data and other evidence has persuaded most researchers that insects and crustaceans, long considered widely…
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Atoms to ecosystems: Evolutionary theory vs the coelacanth

terrarium eco system

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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Dual genomes: exposing the evolution industry

genetic code RNA medium

Multiple haplotype-resolved genomes reveal population patterns of gene and protein diplotypes Excerpt: “The CDP showed a significant overrepresentation of certain gene ontology (GO) groups (global tests Po0.001–0.009), using the programme FUNC23 (Methods). These groups included GPCRs, in particular olfactory receptors…
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Thermodynamic constraints and ecological adaptations sans evolution


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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We need pattern recognition, not a prologue


Prolegomenon “a preliminary discussion…; a prologue.” “… we need a mapping from genotype to phenotype, from phenotype to what is selected, and from what is selected to the new genotype (Lewontin, 1961). — cited in Prolegomenon to patterns in evolution…
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A model of MHC ‘evolution’

thinking forbidden

Sexual selection and the evolutionary dynamics of the major histocompatibility complex Excerpt: “Here, we present the results of the first model of MHC evolution incorporating both survival and reproduction, modelling the combined effects of natural selection and MHC-based disassortative mating…
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Unassailable evidence vs assumptions

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Putting the theory before the data: Is “massive modularity” a necessary foundation of evolutionary psychology? Excerpt 1) “Anyone who attends HBES, EHBEA, ISHE or any of the other conferences dedicated to the approach will discover that new fields of study…
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Stop evolutionary theorists. Kill cancers


Bacterial ‘communication system’ could be used to stop, kill cancer cells, study finds Excerpt: “During an infection, bacteria release molecules which allow them to ‘talk’ to each other,” said the lead author of the study. “Depending on the type of…
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Yeast Genetics Meeting

ISHE 2013 Poster photo

The “Yeast Genetics Meeting” starts 7/29/14 and presenters will establish the unequivocal fact that the epigenetic landscape is linked to the physical landscape of DNA in the organized genomes of species from microbes to man via the conserved molecular mechanisms…
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