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Human pheromones: RNA-mediated theory killers

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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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Et tu, Michael Stoddart

terrarium eco system

How our NOSE shaped the human race: Ancestors lost their ability to detect sex pheromones to make men more faithful – and create the stable family unit Excerpt: “Our sense of smell evolved to make human pheromones undetectable” For contrast…
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The biologically-based origin of the mammalian placenta (2)

The past is not the key to the present

See also: The biologically-based origin of the mammalian placenta I’ll preface this follow-up on the origins of the mammalian placenta with comments that attest to foolishness of theoretical physicists who try to link Big Bang cosmology to neo-Darwinian theories about…
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Epigenetic pharmacology and RNA-mediated transciptional landscapes

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Last year, Vosshall’s group eliminated ideas about the involvement of beneficial mutations in the nutrient-dependent cell type differentiation of mosquitoes. orco mutant mosquitoes lose strong preference for humans and are not repelled by volatile DEET. This year her group showed…
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From deep time into real time: What evolutionary processes?

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Rapid evolution of a native species following invasion by a congener Abstract excerpt: “…the lizard Anolis carolinensis moved to higher perches following invasion by Anolis sagrei and, in response, adaptively evolved larger toepads after only 20 generations.” My comment: This…
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