RNA-directed DNA methylation

Hydrogen-atom transfer in DNA base pairs (7)

Perry Marshall says: February 9, 2016 at 9:45 pm James, if you think you have a solution then fill out a proper prize submission and show that you have met the specification. My comment: There is no prize submission form and I repeatedly requested the Non-Disclosure Agreement. I think that Perry Marshall knows I will win the prize, and simply doesn’t want the challenge to his claims that I would provide in my submission.  For example, I would include citations…

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Bacteria see the light and they adapt

Cyanobacteria use micro-optics to sense light direction Excerpt: From the observed dimensions of the spot of 488 nm light focused by Synechocystis cells (Figure 3c) we can estimate that Synechocystis “vision” has an angular resolution (FWHM) of about 21°, essentially limited by light wavelength and the area of the plasma membrane, which is tiny in comparison to an animal retina. However, this resolution is sufficient to incorporate quite complex spatial information into a 360° image of the cell’s surroundings, and…

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The Light and Darkness of “Evolution 2.0”

The light of evolution in the oft-cited work by Dobzhansky (1973) is the energy from sunlight. The sun’s biological energy links its anti-entropic virucidal epigenetic effects to RNA-mediated amino acid substitutions that differentiate all cell types in all individuals of all living genera. Excerpt from Dobzhansky (1973)  …the so-called alpha chains of hemoglobin have identical sequences of amino acids in man and the chimpanzee, but they differ in a single amino acid (out of 141) in the gorilla. ( p.…

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Will modern human populations adapt to the Zika virus?

Jurassic ‘butterflies’ predated true butterflies by 50 million years Excerpt: The researchers analyzed 20 kalligrammatid fossils (like the one pictured at right), and found striking similarities to butterflies (like the owl butterfly at left). My comment: These striking similarities must link energy-dependent hydrogen-atom transfer in DNA base pairs in solution to RNA-mediated amino acid substitutions and all biodiversity in primate morphological and behavioral phenotypes via what is currrently known about the claim that Dobzhansky made in 1973. “…the so-called alpha…

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Models of scientific literacy

Scientific Literacy Redefined Researchers could become better at engaging in public discourse by more fully considering the social and cultural contexts of their work. By Cynthia Brandenburg | February 1, 2016 Excerpt: …any truly productive conversation about why their fears are scientifically unfounded must be predicated upon an understanding of what caused those fears in the first place. My comment: “A Fear of Pheromones” led many researchers to ignore the fact that metabolic networks must be linked to genetic networks…

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Organic Compounds and the Miracle of Smell and Taste

Neo-Darwian evolutionary theorists and human ethologists seem to ignore the fact that reproductive isolation is nutrient-dependent and controlled by the physiology of reproduction. …reproductive isolation may sometimes follow and at other times precede the adaptive divergence of gene pools of populations. — Dobzhansky (1972) Those who cite Dobzhansky’s (1973)  claim that Nothing in Biology Makes Any Sense Except in the Light of Evolution, have failed to explain why …the so-called alpha chains of hemoglobin have identical sequences of amino acids…

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Neuroscience Virtual Event vs AAAS Symposium

Neuroscience Virtual Event Abstract Submission Poster title: From hydrogen-atom transfer in DNA base pairs to ecosystems (March 16-17, 2016) Abstract: This atoms to ecosystems model of ecological adaptations links nutrient-dependent epigenetic effects on DNA base pairs in solution and RNA-mediated amino acid substitutions to chromosomal rearrangements via pheromone-controlled changes in the microRNA / messenger RNA balance. The nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled changes are required for the thermodynamic regulation of intracellular signaling, which enables biophysically constrained nutrient-dependent & pH-dependent protein folding; experience-dependent receptor-mediated behaviors,…

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Cancer: Evolution 2.0’s Blind Spot

See also: Hydrogen-atom transfer in DNA base pairs (5) Hydrogen-atom transfer in DNA base pairs (5) Nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled ecological adaptations: from atoms to ecosystems Excerpt: …methylation of the carbon-5 position of cytosine, which results in differences in 5hmCs, may be the most commonly studied type of nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled structural and functional eukaryotic modification that results from organizing base pair changes. Team uses internet network theory to decipher the first epigenetic communication network Excerpt: … 5hmC regulates changes in the compaction…

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Despicable fools?

Metamaterial Offers Simpler Route to Slow Light Excerpt: Light is generally accepted to travel at a constant speed, but its group velocity can be slowed by passing through refractive materials. Compared to its top speed in a vacuum, light travels slightly slower in air and slightly slower still in water. These changes in speed are fairly insignificant, however. My comment: I doubt that any member of the RNA society thinks that the changes that link the de novo creation of…

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Ricki Lewis’ Time Machine (2)

See also: Can a Quirky Chromosome Create a Second Human Species? Reported here as: Ricki Lewis’ Time Machine Physics’s pangolin Trying to resolve the stubborn paradoxes of their field, physicists craft ever more mind-boggling visions of reality Excerpt 1) with my emphasis Physicists are deeply aware of the schizophrenic nature of their science and long to find a synthesis, or unification. Such is the goal of a so-called ‘theory of everything’. However, to non-physicists, these competing lines of thought, and…

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    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 […]
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    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, […]
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