ecological variation

Ricki Lewis’ Time Machine (4)

Variants near CHRNA3/5 and APOE have age- and sex-related effects on human lifespan Excerpt: The signal we observe is driven by rs429358, a non-synonymous Cys112Arg variant, which defines the ε4 allele and which has not previously been shown to be the causal variant influencing lifespan. See also: Gorilla Genome 2.0: Lessons for the Clinic? Excerpt: VARIANTS OF UNCERTAIN SIGNIFICANCE With phrases such as “settled science” and “scientific proof” part of the lexicon, it’s little wonder that health care consumers expect…

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Ignore the evidence: Rachel Feltman

“There is incontrovertible evidence that Alzheimer’s Disease has a dormant microbial component. We can’t keep ignoring all of the evidence” –Professor Douglas Kell, Manchester University Experts Say There’s a Herpes-Alzheimer’s Link Excerpt: …herpes has been linked to damage in the central nervous system and the limbic system, which is associated with mental decline and personality changes, the Telegraph reported. The experts called for a deeper investigation into the connection. Calm down: Herpes probably isn’t going to give you Alzheimer’s Excerpt:…

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Energy dependent RNA-mediated immunity (6)

Alzheimer’s disease could be caused by herpes virus, warn experts Excerpt: Professor Douglas Kell of the University of Manchester’s School of Chemistry, said “We are saying there is incontrovertible evidence that Alzheimer’s Disease has a dormant microbial component. We can’t keep ignoring all of the evidence.” My comment: What evidence? Microbes and Alzheimer’s Disease is still listed as an in-press publication. Perhaps they are telling others to stop ignoring all my evidence. See for example: Energy dependent RNA-mediated immunity (2)…

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Soil bacteria, bulls, cows, microRNAs, and mammary glands (2)

See also: Soil bacteria, bulls, cows, microRNAs, and mammary glands For comparison to everything known about how chemotaxis and phototaxis must be linked to supercoiled DNA via the nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled physiology of reproduction in the context of the microRNA/messenger RNA balance and RNA-mediated cell type differentiation, see: Spectral Tuning of Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) Rhodopsin: Evidence for Positive Selection and Functional Adaptation in a Cetacean Visual Pigment Excerpt: Using codon-based likelihood models, we also found significant evidence for positive selection…

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Bringing RNA back to epigenetics (20 years later)

Has Contemporary Academia Outgrown the Carl Sagan Effect?  [Subscription required] Excerpt (with my emphasis): [Sean Carroll] offered 13 pieces of advice…: “Do good research; Make an impact in the field; Bring in grant money… Don’t be too well known outside the field; Don’t write a book; Choose your hobbies wisely.” Carroll argued that academics look askance at colleagues that have too high of a public profile. Not out of envy—but because they worry that public scientists care more about their…

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Hybrids: making microbes and Democrats into monkey’s uncles?

Darwinists Underestimate Nature. Creationists Underestimate God. Excerpt: Doug, here’s what we know: Two processes produce new species in real time – 1) Hybrids, where Species 1 crossed with Species 2 gives you Species 3. Example: Emmer wheats + goat grass = modern wheat. This doubles the number of chromosomes. After this merger, “hybrid dysgenesis” kicks in. Extensive genome editing re-arranges and deletes parts of the new DNA. Genome studies indicate that a hybridization event of this kind got us from…

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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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Ricki Lewis’ Time Machine

Can a Quirky Chromosome Create a Second Human Species? Excerpt 1) The first departure from the common house mouse (Mus musculus) was the “tobacco mouse” (Mus poschiavinus), described in 1869 from specimens trapped in a tobacco factory in Valle di Poschiavo, Switzerland. They had big heads and small, dark bodies. Excerpt 2) I spoke to Bear back in 2004, again for The Scientist (a mechanism for the rapid extinction of a dedicated freelance writer is a change in editor-in-chief). Greg Bear is…

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Hydrogen-atom transfer in DNA base pairs (5)

Can Anybody Actually Win The Evolution 2.0 Prize? January 18, 2016 at 9:44 pm In an invited review of nutritional epigenetics, I linked atoms to ecosystems without the pseudoscientific nonsense touted by neo-Darwinists. Kohl, James V. (2014): Nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled ecological adaptations: from atoms to ecosystems. The invited submission was returned without review. When I provide all the details for the origin of the DNA code, what prevents the submission from being rejected without comment? January 18, 2016 at 11:13 pm …

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The radical pair mechanism of ecological speciation

The radical pair mechanism and the avian chemical compass: Quantum coherence and entanglement Excerpt: Radical pairs are usually produced as short-lived intermediates through decomposition, electron transfer, or hydrogen transfer reactions from singlet or triplet excited states. My comment: The radical pair mechanism appears to be another link from nutrient energy-dependent hydrogen-atom transfer in DNA base pairs to ecological speciation. However, the hydrogen-atom transfer in DNA base pairs mechanism seems to have gone unrecognized despite this report. Induction of micronuclei and superoxide production…

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