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Part 3: Light-controlled cell biology (revisited)

Your cells are constantly being shed and replaced—so is your body ever completely refreshed? Does anything remain of the body that existed on Jan. 1, 2017? 2007? The day you were born? (video) Out of Order: Undaunted  …as I prepared for this issue’s Special Report on Microbiomics (starting on page 19), I am stunned by what I am only starting to understand. That our individual existence as humans may only be 10 percent of what we see in the mirror—and…

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Thinking about energy is not radical re-thinking

The brain: a radical rethink is needed to understand it …Optogenetics, a technique that uses genetic modification of neurons so that their electrical activity can be controlled with light pulses – can help us to explore their specific contribution to brain function. Optogenetics links the speed of light on contact with water to what is known about all energy-dependent cell type differentiation in all individuals of all living genera. Serious scientists, for example, have linked angstroms to ecosystems in all living…

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Allen Institute confirms food energy is information

See also: Theistic evolutionists fight back and lose Excerpt: Predictably, Paul Allen will be the next to start funding works that might help to prevent the viral apocalypse, now that Bill Gates is mentally prepared to do so. Allen Institute FB page 3/3/17 Fascinating new research on stem cell division Scientists discover an unexpected influence [of food] on dividing stem cells’ fate One particular protein, Pex11b, caught her attention. It is associated with the membrane that surrounds the peroxisome, an…

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Theistic evolutionists fight back and lose (3)

See also: Theistic evolutionists fight back and lose See also: Theistic evolutionists fight back and lose (2) For succinct representations of the claims made by people who are obviously biologically uninformed, see: 7/25/13 Jay R. Feierman: Variation is not nutrient availability and the something that is doing the selecting is not the individual organism. A feature of an educated person is to realize what they do not know. Sadly, you don’t know that you have an incorrect understanding [of] Darwinian…

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Life is energy-dependent task management

See also: Life is energy-dependent task management (2) Press Release: The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016  for the design and synthesis of molecular machines Excerpt: They have developed molecules with controllable movements, which can perform a task when energy is added. My comment: When energy is added is the key to understanding healthy longevity in the context of popular information Popular information (link opens pdf) Excerpt: All chemical systems strive for equilibrium – a lower energy state – but this…

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Wasted Templeton Funding (2)

See also: Wasted Templeton Funding (1) Templeton grant funds evolution rethink Excerpt: The extended evolutionary synthesis is a term coined in 2007 to imply that the preeminent current evolutionary theory, the so-called modern synthesis, needed to broaden its focus because it concentrated too much on the role of genes in evolution and lacked adequate incorporation of new insights from development and other areas of biology. My comment: That is an understatement! The problems with the so-called modern synthesis are perfectly…

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Half truths support theories without facts

How to lie by telling the truth Excerpt: People… trot out half-truths, in full expectation and knowledge that they will create a false impression. And then, when others act on the false impression, the “truth-telling liars” can sit back and pretend that they aren’t liars. They get the benefit of lying, without any damage to their precious self-image. My comment: It is more difficult for others to determine who benefits from half truths when more than one individual or research…

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A failed theory of cancer: two more decades of pseudoscience

1995 Neo-Darwinism has failed as an evolutionary theory 2016 Cancer and the transformation of life: An Interview with Athena Aktipis Excerpt: Cancer is evolution taking place inside multi-cellular organisms. Cancer cells are perversely adaptive and proliferate faster than normal cells. Since evolution has no foresight, it doesn’t matter that the end result of cancer evolution is the death of the cancer along with its host. But cancer cells are subject to the same evolutionary pressures as other cells. Amazingly, only…

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Viruses, amino acids, and somatic cell types (3)

A co-author of our 1996 Hormones and Behavior review of hormone-organized and hormone-activated behaviors gave her permission to add additional items of interest to this series of blog posts about viruses, amino acids, and somatic cell types. Teresa Binstock is largely responsible for my knowledge of RNA-mediated cell type differentiation. She introduced me and others to the complexity in the section of our review with the title Molecular epigenetics. Excerpt: It is now understood that certain genes undergo a process…

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Scientists lose. A sci-fi author gains credibility

Phage spread antibiotic resistance Excerpt 1) nearly half of the 50 chicken meat samples purchased from supermarkets, street markets, and butchers in Austria contained viruses that are capable of transferring antibiotic resistance genes from one bacterium to another—or from one species to another. Excerpt 2) Until recently, transduction of antibiotic resistance via phage was assumed to be a very minor source of the spread of resistance, said Hilbert. My comment: Bacteriophages were linked to cell type differentiation in species from…

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