Tag Archives: Biology

Human body did not evolve by a Darwinian process

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Artcile reads: Evolution has no proven explanations for the origin of just one irreducibly complex system, let alone the interdependent web of irreducible systems that comprise the human body.

What is needed is a Trinitarian vitalism, where the middle term is permitted a more complex expression with evolution.

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Freshwater lake sealed for millions of years

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Article reads: After drilling into Lake Vostok for over two decades, Russian scientists have confirmed that they reached the mysterious freshwater lake that was sealed beneath over two miles of Antarctic ice.

Gyromodel: a neo-vitalism, almost Trinitarian

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http://truthdive.com/2012/01/27/Planets-water-proteins-and-DNA-are-alive.html

Article reads: The basic idea of Dr. Andrulis’ framework is that all physical reality can be modeled by a single geometric entity with life-like characteristics: the gyre. The so-called “gyromodel” depicts objects-particles, atoms, chemicals, molecules, and cells-as quantized packets of energy and matter that cycle between excited and ground states around a singularity, the gyromodel’s center.

The singularity represents a space-holder for a middle-term, according to Trinitarian thinking!

Horizontal gene transfer

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Article reads: Bacteria use horizontal gene transfer to confer and acquire genetic traits — it’s one way in which bacteria can select for traits desirable to them, but undesirable to humans, like antibiotic resistance. But horizontal gene transfer has never been seen on this scale or at this pace, the researchers say.

Quantum life

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Article reads: Max Planck first discovered quantum theory more than a century ago because of odd observations that could be explained in no other way. That led to the laser and the semiconductor and all the technological revolutions they have seeded. Quantum biology is at that early stage of inexplicable observations. Turin for one believes something big is emerging. “I can’t help thinking we are seeing just a small part of a far, far bigger iceberg,” he says.

Deepak Chopra responds to Richard Dawkins

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Blurb reads: Deepak Chopra talks about the developments in biology and neurology since his interview by Richard Dawkins years ago.

Corn and its jumping gene

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http://www.news.wisc.edu/19804

Article reads: In seeking to better understand how teosinte gave rise to corn, a scientific team has pinpointed one of the key genetic changes that paved the way for corn’s domestication. As reported today (Sept. 25) on the Nature Genetics website, a major change occurred about 23,000 years ago, when a small piece of DNA — a jumping gene known as Hopscotch — inserted itself into the control region of a teosinte gene that affects plant architecture. This case is among the first to show that a jumping gene can cause alterations in gene expression that impact evolution.

Orchid bees less dependent on orchids

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http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2011/09/22/bees-outpace-orchids-in-evolution/

Article reads: Orchid bees aren’t so dependent on orchids after all, according to a new study that challenges the prevailing view of how plants and their insect pollinators evolve together.

Turing machines and living systems

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Article reads: One difference between rule driven Turing-complete machines and empirically observed biological systems could be that the adaptive agents in biological systems have certain “unity of consciousness” that enables them to solve the frame/affordances problem and assign adaptive and creative decision rules to changing decision problems (Chalmers, 1997; Kauffman, 2010).

More on yeast with synthetic chromosome

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http://gazette.jhu.edu/2011/09/19/synthetic-chromosome-permits-evolution-of-yeast/

Article reads: In the quest to understand genomes—how they’re built, how they’re organized and what makes them work—a team of Johns Hopkins researchers has engineered from scratch a computer-designed yeast chromosome and incorporated into its creation a new system that lets scientists intentionally rearrange the yeast’s genetic material. A report of their work appears Sept. 14 as an advance online publication in the journal Nature.