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Abiogenesis vs microRNA biogenesis (3)

Reappraising the human mitochondrial DNA recombination dogma   My comment to BioRxiv (Hold on, this is waiting to be approved by BioRxiv) Thank you for helping to show what has been missing from neo-Darwinian theories and other claims that were based on de Vries 1902 definition of mutation. Theorists may now want to learn more about the energy-dependent molecular mechanisms of recombination. Most of them will not like the findings you have provided. The peer-review process is especially deadly to…

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The overwhelming ignorance of sex researchers

Summary: J. Michael Bailey, and others like him, pretend to not know how non-coding variants are epigenetically linked from differences in hydrogen bonds to all energy-dependent biophysically constrained morphological and behavioral phenotypes. Genome-Wide Association Study of Male Sexual Orientation [Energy-dependent changes in biophysically constrained viral latency] We identified several [energy-dependent changes in] SNPs with p < 10−5, including regions of multiple supporting SNPs on chromosomes 13 (minimum p = 7.5 × 10−7) and 14 (p = 4.7 × 10−7). The genes nearest to these peaks have functions plausibly relevant to…

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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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Questions about life’s diversity

Questions about life can be answered in the context of what sustains it. 1) Answers must explain the diversity of life. 2) The diversity of life may help to explain the purpose of life. 3) Explaining the purpose of life may assist anyone who does not think they will live forever. 4) Answers to questions about life that explain life’s diversity must include what is known about the conserved molecular mechanisms that link differences in morphological and behavioral phenotypes in…

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All of “like kind” (Part 2)

See: All of “like kind” in the (bigger) family I’ve since tried, but failed, to succinctly express my thoughts about representations in the article All in the (bigger) family. I exceeded the allowable word count. Here they are, in the first of two comments about the article that I submitted to Science. Received: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:51:50 -0500 Your Comment: The 2015 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) presenters may not recognize how much progress has been made…

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