Greg Bear

Evolutionary congruence (losers) vs ecological adaptation (winners)

Nuclear and Plastid DNA Sequence-based Molecular Phylogeography of Salvadora oleoides (Salvadoraceae) in Punjab, India Reveals Allopatric Speciation in Anthropogenic Islands Due to Agricultural Expansion This is the first DNA-sequence based phylogeographic assessment of Salvadora in the world. Sequence based phylogeographic assessment of tropical tree species is a relative rarity and in India, such investigations are almost non-existent.   Kalevi Kull: Censorship & Royal Society Evo Event Nobody wants to belong to the party of losers. One of the best strategies…

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Dispensing with March for Science Dispatches (1)

Earlier today, Phillip from ATT repaired the splicings that were required to re-establish my energy-dependent internet access. I published 1000 posts to this blog before the April 22, 2017 March for Science. Most of the blog posts attest to the facts about energy-dependent alternative splicings of RNA that link chirality and autophagy to all biodiversity on Earth via the physiology of pheromone-controlled reproduction. See for comparison: March for Science: Dispatches from Washington, DC “The hope is somebody will listen. We’re…

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Bill Gates refutes theistic evolution (sequel)

See: Bill Gates refutes theistic evolution See also: Gate-controlled conductance switching in DNA Conclusion: Our work demonstrates one can introduce an active control to DNA conductance by modifying a base with a redox group, and switch the DNA conductance reversibly between two levels by oxidizing or reducing the redox group with an EC gate. This strategy could be implemented in more sophisticated DNA nanostructures for active device building blocks. As the DNA conductance is an indicator of the molecule in…

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Bill Gates refutes theistic evolution

See: Bill Gates refutes theistic evolution (prequel) See for comparison: Our 2017 Annual Letter Warren Buffett’s Best Investment By Bill and Melinda Gates | February 14, 2017 Malnourished children can be getting enough calories, but not the right nutrients. That makes them more susceptible to conditions like pneumonia or diarrhea—and more likely to die from them. If malnourished children are not getting the right nutrients, they focused too much on vaccines and not enough on what is known about nutritional…

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George Church refutes theistic evolution

Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS) – The future of genetic codes and BRAIN codes The NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series, colloquially known as WALS, is the highest-profile lecture program at the NIH. The future of genetic codes and BRAIN codes (video) My comment on the video: Biophysically constrained genetic codes are brain codes. They link the epigenetic landscape to the physical landscape of supercoiled DNA via metabolic networks, which link energy as information to all cell type differentiation in…

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The futility of The Battlefield FB group

Apparently, Paul Hartley blocked me from further discussion of his OP about dinosaurs and gladiators before I could ask if he thought “The Battlefield” is a “false flag” group. Does anyone else think that?   If so, do you think it can survive publication of experimental evidence that links responsive supramolecular systems to stepwise changes in the assembly of metal complexes via induction of a light-driven rotary motor scaffold akin to the bacterial flagellum of P. fluorescens? See: Dynamic control…

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Energy-dependent purifying selection / autophagy (2)

See: Energy-dependent purifying selection / autophagy Thanks to Teresa Binstock for alerting me to this example, which was reported as: Shared epigenetic changes underlie different types of autism. Teresa wrote: “You might enjoy a glance at a use of epigenetic technology. Findings begin to answer, why such syndrome-defining traits given such diverse inter-individual genetics and numerous associations with environmental factors.” She co-authored our 1996 Hormones and Behavior review: From Fertilization to Adult Sexual Behavior. She took responsibility for the accurate…

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Optogenetics: Let there be virucidal light!

NIH Awards $1.4M Grant to Support Optogenetics Research Excerpt: Synaptic plasticity, learning and memory are regulated by protein signaling in the brain. Many forms of learning disabilities and other mental diseases may be caused by abnormal protein signaling. To address these brain disorders and diseases, it is crucial to understand on a molecular level the underlying processes within the brain that are involved in learning and memory.” My comment: When someone like Anna Di Cosmo, John Hewitt or Bruce McEwen…

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RNA-mediated terrorism

Obama Advisers Urge Action Against CRISPR Bioterror Threat For the past two decades, the government has focused its biodefense efforts on a list of known pathogens—such as anthrax, smallpox, and Ebola—declared by the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Agriculture to have the “potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety.” Government-funded research on these pathogens receives special scrutiny, and the National Institutes of Health limits researchers from conducting experiments that could make certain…

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