population geneticists

Viruses in gut microbes

Histone H3.3 is required for endogenous retroviral element silencing in embryonic stem cells 5/4/15 Excerpt: Extended Data Figure 3 | Generation of H3.3-isoform-specific antibodies. Related to Fig. 1. a, Schematic of amino acid sequence differences for the canonical histones H3.1 and H3.2 versus the histone variant H3.3. H3.3 differs from H3.2 or H3.1 at only 4 or 5 amino acids, positions 31, 87, 89, 90 and 96, as indicated. My comment: The difference in amino acid substitutions can be linked…

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A genetic variant refutes neo-Darwinism

Summary: They link a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) to a genetic variant that decreases viability of an embryo, without linking a nutrient-dependent RNA-mediated amino acid substitution to pheromone-controlled cell type differentiation that begins in the embryo and continues throughout the life history transitions of invertebrates and vertebrates. A Benefit of Failed Pregnancy? This genome-wide association study revealed “…a striking link between mitotic aneuploidy and a single nucleotide variant (SNP rs2305957) on chromosome 4 of maternal genomes.” Excerpt: “There’s this genetic…

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Meaningful dialogue, anonymous fools and idiot minions

I use definitions to describe differences in behavior. I do not define biologically-based facts in attempts to make the definitions fit into the context of ridiculous theories about the development of behavior. I am not an idiot. An idiot is “…someone who acts in a self-defeating or significantly counterproductive way…. An idiot differs from a fool (who is unwise)…. the terms “idiot” and “idiocy” describe an extreme folly or stupidity, and its symptoms (foolish or stupid utterance or deed).” Serious scientists may…

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Eliminating correlations from evolutionary ecology

De novo creation of olfactory receptor genes clearly links food odors via amino acid substitutions to cell type differentiation in mosquitoes, and in nematodes, flies, honeybees, etc. It would be surprising if cause and effect did not extend to vertebrates from invertebrates. Indeed, Elekonich and Robinson (2000) linked our 1996 model of RNA-mediated cell type differentiation to hormone-organized and hormone-activated behavior in insects more than a decade ago. Since then, Vosshall’s lab has established the role that amino acid substitutions…

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