paradigm shift

Co-evolution and co-speciation replace neo-Darwinian nonsense

Tree-rings reveal secret clocks that could reset key dates across the ancient world It is perhaps easy to forget that we have co-evolved on this planet with micro-organisms, including bacteria, which may be either beneficial or harmful to us. Similarly, viruses cannot copy themselves without help from our cells. Without us, they simply wouldn’t exist. Watch as science journalists change evolution to co-evolution and biodiversity is portrayed as co-speciation. Theorists who missed the paradigm shift continue their desperate attempts to…

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Energy-dependent biodiversity (4)

 Censorship & Upcoming Royal Society Evo Meeting Excerpt: In an attempt to do damage control, one of the organizers of the Royal Society paradigm shift meeting (not Denis Noble) sent me an email, which follows, asking that I stop referring to the Royal Society meeting as such. Why? Because he speaks for scientists who think they can control the scientific discourse as it was controlled at the time of Darwin. My comment:  Re: The need for discussion of viruses (e.g.,…

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Wasted Templeton Funding (3)

See also: Wasted Templeton Funding (2) Templeton grant funds evolution rethink Excerpt: …parents can influence offspring not just through their DNA but by passing on the microorganisms they host or by transmitting epigenetic marks to subsequent generations. “Innovation may be a developmental response that becomes stabilized through genetic changes,” explains Armin Moczek, an evolutionary developmental biologist at Indiana University, Bloomington. My comment: He has not explained how nutrient energy-dependent changes in base pairs link hydrogen-atom transfer in solutions from microRNA…

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Genes, orchid odors, and pheromones from blonds

1) The Genetics of Blond Hair (2014) and 2) Orchids give off human ‘body odor’ to attract mosquitoes (2016) Both articles link RNA-mediated cell type differentiation in all invertebrates and all vertebrates to every aspect of cell type differentiation in plants. …studies of genetic variation in thousands of people have linked at least eight DNA regions to blondness based on the fact that a certain DNA letter, or base, was found in people with that hair color but not in…

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RNA-mediated theory killers

Brain-manipulation studies may produce spurious links to behaviour Study shows that controlling neurons with light or drugs may affect the brain in more ways than expected. Excerpt: Given that many experiments build on existing knowledge about circuits involved in a behaviour, he cautions, experimental scientists should be particularly careful when using transient techniques to map entirely new circuits in the brain. “This study nicely reminds us that there is no perfect technique,” says Evan Feinberg, a neuroscientist at the University…

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Becoming biologically informed (2)

New Perspectives on microRNA in Disease and Therapy Free Webinar Wednesday July 22, 2015 2:30 – 4:00 PM EDT MicroRNAs play an important role in modulating gene expression. Characterizing the mechanism of action of microRNAs and identifying microRNA targets is critical for understanding the function of microRNA in development and disease. The Scientist brings together a panel of experts to discuss various microRNA functions. Topics to be covered include the role of microRNA in cancer and viral infection, and the…

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Mutisensory integration: watching the paradigm shift

Multisensory integration and causal inference in the brain Excerpt (with my emphasis):  It is largely unknown how the brain implements prior knowledge and expectations. Various mechanisms have been proposed such as spontaneous activity (Berkes et al., 2011), the fraction of neurons encoding a particular feature (Girshick et al., 2011), their response gain and tuning curves or connectivity and top-down projections from higher order areas (Rao and Ballard, 1999).” My comment: The brain implements prior knowledge and expectations through nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled…

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