Model Organisms

Eutrophication and phosphorylated biodiversity

In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang (also yin–yang or yin yang, 陰陽 yīnyáng “dark–bright”) describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. Last night I dreamed that someone added color to this symbol and represented it as a spinning disk (in a publication from the Nature publishing group).  The specifics of the dream helped me…

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Epigenetic facts vs variable recombination theories

6/14/13 Nutrient-dependent/pheromone-controlled adaptive evolution: a model ….the model represented here is consistent with what is known about the epigenetic effects of ecologically important nutrients and pheromones on the adaptively evolved behavior of species from microbes to man. Minimally, this model can be compared to any other factual representations of epigenesis and epistasis for determination of the best scientific ‘fit’. 7/25/13 Jay R. Feierman: Variation is not nutrient availability and the something that is doing the selecting is not the individual…

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Eating electrons and excreting degraded energy

Summary: The tenacity of energy-dependent life extends from quantum physics to quantum souls via what is known about the birds and the bees (and bacteria). Simply put, if they don’t eat, they die. Neuroscience—and the new weapons of the mind Dietary modification also shows increasing promise for the exogenous manipulation of neurotransmitter signaling. Recent research into the effects on brain chemistry of the microbiome—the bacterial flora located in the human gut traditionally thought to aid in digestion—shows significant potential for…

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Selfish X-linked alleles and X chromosome inactivation

From Fertilization to Adult Sexual Behavior In our section on molecular epigenetics from 1996 we wrote: Genomic-imprinting is also manifest in specific parts of the X-inactivation region’s related XIST gene. Here male- and female-specific methyl-group patterns participate in X-inactivation in females and also in the preferential inactivation of the paternal X in human placentae of female concepti (Harrison, 1989; Monk, 1995). This process indicates that tissues of the early conceptus can sense and react differentially to epigenetic sexual dimorphisms on…

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Pheromones biophysically constrain RNA-mediated biodiversity (2)

See: Combating Evolution to Fight Disease If you do not recognize the enemy, you may already be dead. See: Pheromones biophysically constrain RNA-mediated biodiversity (1) The facts are consistent with: DNA Denaturing through UV-C Photon Dissipation: A Possible Route to Archean Non-enzymatic Replication Photon dissipation is certainly the most primitive and extensive of all “metabolisms”. The results presented here also lend plausibility to the proposal of the acquisition of homochirality and information content in DNA through dissipation 7,8,17. The thermodynamic…

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Pheromones biophysically constrain RNA-mediated biodiversity (1)

Elaine Morgan on paradigm shifts. Her view of the pseudoscientific nonsense touted by neo-Darwinian theorists and “Big Bang” cosmologists is humorous and she accurately represents what’s been happening to me and others like me for the past two decades. It’s what we expect. It’s your choice to keep laughing about it. See for comparison: Functional screening in human cardiac organoids reveals a metabolic mechanism for cardiomyocyte cell cycle arrest Reported as: Scientists have identified the metabolic pathway associated with heart…

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Pheromones biophysically constrain base editing and RNA editing

Summary: …they [Koonin’s group] substitute what they consider to be a plausible hypothesis. It places their observations into the context of a universal trend that is conserved in all life after the trend emerged, which was sometime before the last universal common ancestor of all extant organisms emerged and began to evolve. Social behaviour shapes hypothalamic neural ensemble representations of conspecific sex Published online 18 October 2017 The vibrational theory of olfaction for the win Published 31 October 2017 Neuronal…

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From base editing to RNA editing (4)

Summary: To claim evolution, Koonin must link food energy from the pheromone-controlled physiology of reproduction to fixation of a beneficial mutation in the organized genome of one species that evolved into another species. Search Results for “base editing” = 82 blog posts starting with Cell-type differentiation on February 7, 2014 Search Results for “RNA editing” = 95 blog posts starting with In theory, or supported by experimental evidence? October 22, 2014 See for comparison PubMed: “base editing” (33 citations) and…

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The next reformation: 500 years too late? (1)

Summary: The next reformation links the creation of the sense of smell to all biodiversity in the context of biophysically constrained viral latency. The vibrational theory of olfaction for the win Although there is nothing comparable to this kind of insight into the molecular world of scent within the shapist mentality, we should probably thank its supporters for making this battle of ideas so epic. There may yet be time for two more big events in the field, one a…

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The next reformation: 500 years too late? (5)

How Did the Reformation Reform the Study of Nature? …this [literalist] approach to biblical interpretation encouraged a parallel approach to nature. Conclusion: The specific connections between Reformation teachings and scientific breakthroughs that have been persuasively documented by Peter Harrison, John Hedley Brooke, and others might also serve as encouragement to expect a similar fruitful confluence of spiritual and natural inquiry in our own day. The connections from the energy-dependent creation of the sense of smell to the physiology of pheromone-controlled…

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  • What Darwin proved: there’s no such thing as a species
    GENETICS As Animals Mingle, a Baffling Genetic Barrier A short stretch of DNA is challenging what it means to be a species. By: Emily Singer August 5, 2014 Excerpt: “Scientists have dubbed such regions of the genome “islands of speciation.” The persistence of such islands is a phenomenon that has been observed in a variety of […]
  • Randomness and Divine Providence
    A Q&A on randomness and God’s providence …the main goal is to really put together a collection of scholarly studies of these issues: physicists, biologists, […]