Gene Robinson

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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Effects on invertebrate GnRH and affects on primate behavior

Introduction: Energy-dependent changes in hydrogen-atom transfer in DNA base pairs in solution have again been linked to hormone-organized and hormone-activated behaviors by the conserved molecular mechanisms we detailed in the molecular epigenetics section of our 1996 Hormones and Behavior review. The practical application of those details has been reported in the context of this article, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Effects of Testosterone Treatment in Older Men Daily Diagnosis is emailed each weekday to members of the…

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Epigenetic (re)programming of behavior (3)

Bipolar drug turns foraging ants into scouts Excerpt: “DNA methylation has become nearly synonymous with epigenetics,” says Brendan Hunt, an insect geneticist at the University of Georgia in Griffin. “This research brings needed attention to the importance of other epigenetics marks, like histone modifications.” “We finally have a mechanism to understand ‘nurture’ in molecular terms,” says Gene Robinson, a geneticist at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, who studies caste determination in honey bees. The ant study, he adds, highlights “how…

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Epigenetic (re)programming of behavior (2)

The reports on this research bear repeating. Ants Can Change Their Roles, Study Finds Excerpt: The researchers found that certain compounds could modify proteins called histones, which affect how tightly DNA is coiled and whether certain other proteins are able to gain access to it. My comment: The molecular mechanisms of nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled RNA-mediated amino acid substitutions in histones that stabilize supercoiled DNA in the organized genomes of all invertebrates and invertebrates are conserved across all living genera. If they…

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Human pheromone deniers: What’s next?

Adapted from Human pheromones: What should these idiots do next? RNA-directed DNA methylation and RNA-mediated gene duplication and RNA-mediated amino acid substitutions link the nutrient-dependent physiology of pheromone-controlled reproduction to morphological and behavioral phenotypes in species from microbes to humans. Why would any serious scientist claim that there is a need to find human pheromones? Does any serious scientist not realize that the molecular mechanisms that link ecological variation to ecological adaptation must be the same in all living genera?…

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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, […]