Tag Archive: thermodynamics

Modeling conserved microRNA expression

translocated chromosome

Insects as models to study the epigenetic basis of disease Excerpt: “…selected insects can be used as models for human diseases with an epigenetic component because the underlying molecular mechanisms (DNA methylation, histone acetylation and the expression of microRNAs) are…
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What if Darwin was not still dead?

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What Would Darwin Think About Modern Darwinism? Excerpt: “Imagine if Darwin could be transported to the present and learn what has become of his theory. What would excite him the most? Would anything disturb or disappoint him? TVOL has polled…
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Mutagenesis: Replacing facts with theories

Physics

Never mind the selfish gene – ribosomes are the missing link Excerpt: “All cells share three organelles, or internal structures, besides gene-containing chromosomes: ribosomes which contain the machinery for translating genetic information into the proteins that perform the cell’s work;…
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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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Making sense of quotes scattered across disciplines

social interaction and brain

Speaking of Science November 2014’s selection of notable quotes By The Scientist Staff | November 1, 2014 My comment: The quotes are scattered from across disciplines, but can be linked to what is known about conserved molecular mechanisms of biologically-based…
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We need pattern recognition, not proclamations

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Two days after serious scientists report that there is no such thing as the evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria, see: Team discovers how microbes build a powerful antibiotic Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are right and…
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Seemingly futile cycles are not thermodynamically futile

Physics

Scientists discover an on/off switch for aging cells The switch controls the growth of telomeres, the timekeepers of cells September 19, 2014 Excerpt: Understanding how this “off” switch can be manipulated–thereby slowing down the telomere shortening process–could lead to treatments…
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New technique used in report of atomic-level ecological adaptations

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Archaerhodopsin variants with enhanced voltage-sensitive fluorescence in mammalian and Caenorhabditis elegans neurons Directed evolution of a far-red fluorescent rhodopsin reported as: New technique uses a genetic tool and light to view and map neuronal circuits Excerpt 1): “This [directed evolution]…
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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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Laws of Physics are Eliminated from Evolutionary Theory

Physics

Review article: Towards an evolutionary theory of the origin of life based on kinetics and thermodynamics Excerpt: ‘Irreversibility and the kinetic power of reproduction seem to be, at least in principle, sufficient to allow the emergence of life and there…
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