Luis P. Villarreal

microRNA-mediated replication cycles (9)

See first: microRNA-mediated replication cycles (8) Rotavirus research: 2014-2020 7/2/21 A temperature sensitive mutant… in the triplet encoding amino acid 138 of VP1 (L138P)…was separately expressed as a… protein, shown to interact with viroplasm-like particles (VLPs) in uninfected cells and to synthesize RNA in vitro…” My summary: The rotavirus steals the energy required for the ATP-dependent synthesis of RNA, which typically biophysically constrains viral latency across kingdoms. Contextual constraints occur via light-activated carbon fixation, oxidative phosphorylation and RNA interference (RNAi).…

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microRNA-mediated replication cycles (8)

In 365 days, after celebration of independence from public health fascism on Independence Day 2022 in the USA, Guenther Witzany, co-author of Infectious Thoughts: Discovering Biology as a Social Science will end the pseudoscientific nonsense about beneficial mutations and evolution across billions to millions of years via his efforts to organize and to present during this conference. How Evolution Learnt to Learn 7/6/22 – 7/9/22 Representations of the solar analemma, the Mobius strip, examples of infinity, and microRNA-mediated replication cycles…

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microRNA-mediated replication cycles (7)

Infectious Thoughts: Discovering Biology as a Social Science (2021 preprint) “Regarding the Kohl papers; odors are clearly crucial for social communication and food has been a part of this (as has I think RNA). This is a nice summary. But curiously, he does not mention that if an individual honey bee feeds outside that of its own communal hive feeding it then becomes recognized as foreign and is killed by the hive. Missing is the concept of group identity. And…

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Pheromones protect us from viruses (7)

It’s been more than one year since Guenther Witzany published What is Life? 3/18/20 “A new definition of life must integrate the current empirical knowledge about interactions between cells, viruses, and RNA networks to provide a better explanatory power than the twentieth century narrative.” The need for the new definition of life is consistent with my claims from “What is life when it is not protected from virus-driven entropy.” It’s been 5 years since this virtual conference presentation on 3/30/16. The…

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Viruses, amino acids, and somatic cell types

Although the ultimate origins of RNA viruses are uncertain, it seems reasonable to assume that these infectious agents have a long evolutionary history, appearing with, or perhaps before, the first cellular life-forms (38). The entire evolution of the microbial world and the virus world, and the interaction between microbes and viruses and other life forms have been left out of the Modern Synthesis… Perhaps the evolutionists have placed the cart before the horse on this issue, as proposed by several…

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Riding the wrong direction

Riding the Evolution Paradigm Shift With Eugene Koonin Excerpt: The entire evolution of the microbial world and the virus world, and the interaction between microbes and viruses and other life forms have been left out of the Modern Synthesis… Excerpt: [T]he entire ideology of personalized medicine should be taken with many grains of salt. My comment: Personalized medicine links the conserved molecular mechanisms of biologically-based cause and effect from nutrient-dependent RNA-mediated gene duplication to RNA-mediated amino acid substitutions, which differentiate…

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2 genes in 2 species (too expensive and too insignificant)

Characterisation of two Neurogenin genes from the brook lamprey Lampetra planeri and their expression in the lamprey nervous system by Ricardo Lara Ramirez et al. Abstract excerpt: “Here we report the isolation of two Neurogenin genes, LpNgnA and LpNgnB, from the lamprey Lampetra planeri. Phylogenetic analyses show both genes have orthologues in other lamprey species and in a hagfish.” My comment: “…the identity of a single functional GPH [glycoprotein hormone] of the hagfish, hagfish GTH, provides critical evidence for the…

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Correctly modeling ecological adaptation

Statistics requantitates the central dogma Excerpt: “Mammalian proteins are expressed at ∼103 to 108 molecules per cell (1). Differences between cell types, between normal and disease states, and between individuals are largely defined by changes in the abundance of proteins, which are in turn determined by rates of transcription, messenger RNA (mRNA) degradation, translation, and protein degradation. If the rates for one of these steps differ much more than the rates of the other three, that step would be dominant…

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Virus-driven origin of life

On the Origins of Life A new experimental system demonstrates that precursors of ribonucleotides, amino acids, and lipids may have simultaneously arisen from the same prebiotic chemistry. By Jef Akst | March 17, 2015 “This is a very important paper,” Jack Szostak, a molecular biologist and origin-of-life researcher… See also: Luis P. Villarreal: We Need a Nonlinear Language for Life Nobelist Jack Szostak has told me this about autocatalytic sets: the people who came up with the original idea, like…

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Luis P. Villarreal tells it like it is

Luis P. Villarreal has led the way towards discovery of the “origins of life.” He has helped to elucidate what is currently known about how the epigenetic landscape becomes the physical landscape of DNA in the organized genomes of species from microbes to humans. Kudos to Suzan Mazur for admitting that she missed learning about his works. Perhaps a few neo-Darwinian evolutionary theorists will also admit they have missed something very important about the role of viruses in cell type…

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